Jason Pearce stayed at Portsmouth for boss Michael Appleton

Jason Pearce
Pearce has made 26 starts since signing for Pompey after making 183 appearances with Bournemouth

Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce says boss Michael Appleton was a key factor in his decision to stay at the club.

Pearce was the subject of deadline-day interest from Ipswich, but the 24-year-old says he never wanted to leave the club - despite the off-field turmoil.

Pompey revealed this week they had failed to pay their players due to having their bank account frozen.

"I wanted to stay at the club and be part of something with the new gaffer," Pearce told BBC Radio Solent.

The club were issued with a winding-up petition on 3 January and will appear at the Royal Courts of Justice on 20 February over an unpaid tax bill of £1.6m.

But Pearce said he is delighted to still be at Portsmouth.

"My head was going around in circles, I didn't know where I was going to be, but now it has all been put to bed I'm delighted to stay," he added.

"Pompey are big club and since the new gaffer has come in he has brought his ideas in and everyone has bought into it.

"Since he has come in the performances have improved and everyone is moving in the same direction."