Plymouth Argyle's Darren Purse: I don't want move hanging over my head
TRANSFER-LISTED Plymouth Argyle captain Darren Purse wants a speedy resolution to the saga over his footballing future.
The 35-year-old centre-back has been told he can leave the Pilgrims during the January transfer window.
Argyle have taken that step with the aim of using some of the money they save on paying Purse's salary to make two or three additions to their squad.
Herald Sport understands a couple of League Two clubs are showing interest in the experienced defender.
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It is believed Purse was close to a move out of Home Park in November, before the deadline for 'emergency loan' signings.
However, Argyle were not able to get a replacement for him so the deal was not completed.
It has not been an easy situation for Purse to be in but his commitment to the cause remains undiminished.
Purse told Herald Sport: "I'm taking every game as it comes. I enjoy playing down here.
"There are one or two irons in the fire at the moment but there are things to be discussed. We will see.
"I don't think anything is going to happen in the next week or so.
"After that, when we have got a free week, it might all change but at this minute in time I'm a Plymouth player."
Purse added: "I will carry on playing as well as I can do for the club that are employing me.
"If anything is going to happen, I want to get it done sooner rather than later. I don't really want this hanging over my head too much.
"It's not a nice thing to have hanging over your head. It's the first time in my career I have been put on the transfer list.
"It doesn't sound nice, but that's just the way it goes. I understand why it has been done and I hope there will be a conclusion to it over the next week or two."
Burnley attacker Alex MacDonald is a transfer target for Argyle manager Carl Fletcher in January.
Verbal agreement has been reached on a deal for MacDonald, who has had two loan spells with the Pilgrims in 2012.
Herald Sport also understands Fletcher has an interest in Southampton's former Argyle left-back/midfielder Ryan Dickson.
The Pilgrims' boss is thought to want to complete a loan deal for Dickson, who has not played any first team football for Saints this season.
The 26-year-old from Saltash attended Argyle's 1-1 draw with Torquay United at Home Park on Boxing Day.
Dickson was a graduate of the club's youth ranks and played seven times for the Pilgrims at senior level.
He moved to Brentford, initially on loan, in November 2007 and was sold to Southampton for a tribunal-set six-figure fee in the summer of 2010.
Dickson has made 30 appearances, including 19 starts, for Saints and his only goal for them came in a 3-1 win against Argyle at Home Park in May 2011.
That victory clinched promotion to the Championship for Southampton and ensured the Pilgrims' relegation to League Two.
Meanwhile, Purse made no excuses after Argyle's 1-0 defeat by Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park on Saturday.
The Pilgrims are in 20th position in the League Two table as they enter 2013.
Argyle dominated possession against Wycombe but could not capitalise on it and were beaten by an 11th-minute goal from striker Matt McClure.
Purse said: "It's tough to take. They (Wycombe) have had one shot on target and scored.
"We can't keep missing chances. It was an opportunity for us to win a game of football and we didn't take the chances that were given to us.
"It's not just the forwards. It's a team thing. We need more quality in the final third."
Purse held his hand up to one missed chance in the second half, when he headed wide from a corner taken by midfielder Luke Young.
He said: "I hate getting beat and I think everybody in the dressing room is hurting after that.
"It's a tough defeat to take but you have to come out fighting, and we have got to go and do that at Bristol Rovers (on New Year's Day).
"There is no point crying about it. We have lost a game of football we didn't deserve to lose. Now we need to go and produce another performance similar to today and, hopefully, we can stick the chances away."
Rovers are 23rd in League Two, above bottom-of-the-table AFC Wimbledon on goal difference.
Purse said: "It's a massive game. They are not on a good run and have got a new manager (John Ward).
"They have had a day's rest today because their game (away to Cheltenham Town) was called off, so everything is probably in their favour.
"We need to come out and prove to everybody we are a good side."