Ronan Curtis says he remains committed to Derry City despite a move to League One side Portsmouth looking imminent.
The 22-year-old is determined to give it a go at Kenny Jackett's side despite the reservations of Derry City boss Kenny Shiels, who believes that the winger could attract a Championship club if he continued his development at the Brandywell for another year.
But with Curtis out of contract at the end of this season, Derry's hands are tied and a deal between the clubs looks certain before the end of the summer.
The news is the last thing that Shiels and the club need in what will be a defining weekend in their season.
The Candystripes face champions Cork City this evening before meeting high-flying Dundalk at the Brandywell on Monday, the results of which will go a long way to determining City's ambitions in the remainder of the campaign.
But Curtis has promised to give the team everything, even if he is in the last throes of his days as a Derry City player.
"As long as I'm with Derry I'm going to give it 120% and give it my all until the right team comes in for me," he said.
With so much going on behind the scenes, Curtis is trying to focus on matters on the pitch.
Shiels revealed he had dropped the winger for the recent defeat to Bray because, the manager claimed, the player's head had been turned. But after a talk at the weekend, Curtis showed his dedication to the cause by hitting a hat-trick as City qualified for the semi-finals of the EA Sports League Cup by defeating Shelbourne 7-3 at the Brandywell last Monday.
Now Curtis, who played in a striker's role against Shels, is hoping to add to his tally of seven goals on a huge weekend for the Candystripes.
"It's a big game for us (tonight)," he agreed.
"We know what we have to do. We haven't played Cork yet because some of the boys were on international duty the last time and it got called off.
"We know how good Cork are, but it's not just about us looking at them because they will have to look at us as well. We're a great side, they're a great side, so there will be some good football."
Striker Rory Patterson is set to return for Derry City tonight after sitting out the League Cup victory over Shelbourne.