Captain Darren Purse does not want to leave Plymouth Argyle
TRANSFER-LISTED Plymouth Argyle captain Darren Purse has admitted he does not want to leave the League Two club.
Pilgrims' boss Carl Fletcher has told 35-year-old Purse, who is under contract until next summer, he can move on during the January transfer window.
Fletcher is trying to free up money to spend on strengthening his squad with some new recruits, with the aim of improving Argyle's current lowly league position of 20th.
Purse has been troubled by a toe injury this season and his performances have not been at the same high level as they were last term.
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However, he has shown a return to form in the last two matches after serving a suspension, and was outstanding in the 1-1 draw with Exeter City at St James' Park on Saturday.
Purse insisted his commitment to Argyle would remain the same for as long as he stayed at Home Park.
In an exclusive interview with Herald Sport, Purse said: "The gaffer (Fletcher) pulled me in a couple of weeks ago and told me he had to cut the budget.
"There is no rocket science about it. You have just got to get on with it.
"I don't really want to go but, on the other hand, I have got family that are 200 miles away.
"It might work out well for both parties if he can clear a little bit of the budget and maybe go and get two or three players in.
"I came here to achieve something and I still believe we can do that but, sometimes, things are out of a manager's hands.
"It's another thing the gaffer (Fletcher) has got to deal with. I'm disappointed because I do enjoy playing down here but that's football, at the end of the day. You just have to get on with it.
"It's not going to stop my commitment to the club. I still enjoy playing football. I still like getting up for three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, and that's what it's all about.
"Wherever that may be, I will carry on doing it."
Purse took over as Argyle's captain in the summer after Simon Walton completed a move to League One outfit Hartlepool United.
He has made a total of 43 appearances for Argyle since signing, initially on loan, from Millwall in November 2011.
Purse said: "I love captaining the club. We have got some good young players here.
"If I do leave in January there are other captains about, people like Wotto (Paul Wotton) and Conor (Hourihane), who has done wonders when he has taken it over.
"There is a good foundation if I do leave, but we will just have to see what happens come January."
Purse is optimistic about Argyle's prospects for the rest of the season.
They won for the first time in eight league games when beating York City 2-0 at Home Park on December 8 and followed that up with the Devon derby draw against Exeter.
The Pilgrims will now be hoping for a profitable Christmas and New Year period when it comes to picking up more points.
Purse said: "The first half of the season is just about getting yourself in position.
"We are definitely not in a position we wanted to be in at the start of the season, but we have to take it and roll with the punches we have had.
"We have got people coming back from injury. If you look at our bench on Saturday, I bet you it was one of the strongest benches in League Two this year.
"We have got a good strong squad and let's see what sort of a run we can go on.
"If we win two or three games over the Christmas period we won't be looking down, we will be looking up, and who knows what might happen come January."