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Benson disappointed as Pompey spells ends
4:00pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 in STFC News
PAUL Benson has expressed his disappointment at having to leave Portsmouth.
The striker has not been allowed to extend his stay at Fratton Park by Swindon Town, following a disagreement regarding the percentage of his wages Pompey would have to pay, and will now return to the County Ground - with Paolo Di Canio keen to offlaod the forward elsewhere as soon as possible.
Benson confirmed that he rejected an offer from Bradford to stay with Portsmouth during his loan spell and that a deal from Cheltenham is currently on the table, but he was non-committal about where his future lies.
However, his frustration at being pulled away from the south coast was palpable.
"I have said all along that I wanted to stay for as long as I could at Portsmouth. I was happy there, enjoying it – even though the club is going through a bit of a tough time," he told The News.
"The two clubs couldn’t agree on the finances and how much Swindon wanted Portsmouth to pay per week for me. Swindon told the club they wanted me back when my loan expires.
"It’s disappointing that I couldn’t carry on. I knew it was only for another month as with the rules you can only do three months back-to-back but it would have been nice to have longer to try to turn it around.
"Bradford wanted to take me permanently earlier this month. They agreed a fee with Swindon, who had accepted it, but I said to Guy (Whittingham) I wanted to stay here. I was flattered by Bradford and had played under their manager before.
"It’s a big club but I wanted to stay at Portsmouth so turned it down. I don’t know whether that upset Swindon or not.
"The prospect of moving up there was part of the equation but it wasn’t the whole reason why. As a football player, moving around the country is part and parcel of what we do so if I felt it was right I would have done it.
"But I just enjoyed playing for Portsmouth, I wanted to stay and that was my reasoning behind it. It was just disappointing it hasn’t worked out how I expected it to.
"I think Cheltenham have an offer on the table at the moment – a loan with a view to a permanent in the summer – and Swindon are quite keen for me to do that. I’ll see how the land lies at Swindon and how it goes from there."