Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has rejected suggestions that David Nugent's time at Fratton Park is coming towards an end.
The striker has started the last four games in an unorthodox right-sided attacking role during what has been a rare series of first-team opportunities.
Adams though has signed Jermaine Pennant on loan this week and the Liverpool winger is set to make his debut in place on Nugent in Saturday's FA Cup clash with Swansea City.
But Adams has denied suggestions that Pennant's arrival will hasten the departure of the former Preston striker, who has been a fringe member of the squad since his £6million arrival 18 months ago.
"He (Nugent) has taken his opportunity with both hands and I hope there are more goals to come from him," Adams told The News.
"He is playing as a third striker, rather than a right midfielder because that is not really his position.
"But he certainly goes back, tracks runners and works hard defensively for the team. He is doing a really good job for us."