Transfers

Jul 312015
 

Paul Robinson has made a shock Pompey exit.

The 33-year-old central defender joined the club on loan from Millwall at the start of last season and joined the club on a permanent basis in January.

He enjoyed a fine season at the heart of the defence, despite Pompey’s inconsistency, but then missed the final two months with the fractured cheekbone he suffered in the win over Luton Town in March.

After making a full recovery, it appeared that he was set to be named club captain by boss Paul Cook for the forthcoming campaign.

But he has now been deemed surplus to requirements and has left the club by mutual consent.

There will no shortage of takers for his services with several clubs in League One and League Two having expressed an interest in him previously. And his departure will be a big surprise to many Blues fans who thought he would be a pivotal figure this season.

Robinson joined AFC Wimbledon on trial

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Jul 282015
 

Pompey have signed Gareth Evans on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old winger has been training with the Blues throughout pre-season and netted in the friendly victories against Coventry and Woking.

But he is thrilled to have secured a contract at Fratton Park and is targeting a successful 2015/16 campaign.

Evans said: “The manager wanted me to come in so he could have a look at me and I was happy to do that.

“There were a few other offers from the league above and I turned them down to come and train with Pompey.

“So I’m delighted to have put pen to paper and now I’ve got to knuckle down and concentrate on playing well.

“It’s worked out well because I already know everyone and I’m just looking forward to the start of the season.

“The aim is promotion – it’s as simple as that. It’s an honour to be at this club, but I’ve come here for success and I’m confident we are capable of that.”

Pompey start the season with a home clash against Dagenham & Redbridge on August 8 and Evans cannot wait to perform in front of the Fratton faithful.

He said: “I’ve played here before with Fleetwood, but I was on the other side then. To have all those fans on my side is very exciting.”

Evans started his career at Crewe and later turned out for Macclesfield, Bradford and Rotherham.

He moved to Fleetwood in January 2013 and scored 12 goals in 106 appearances, helping them win promotion into League One.

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Jul 222015
 

Johnny Ertl has left Pompey by mutual consent.

The Austrian arrived at Fratton Park in the summer of 2012 after leaving Sheffield United and made a total of 88 appearances for the Blues.

He has been used as both a defender and midfielder, and served the club as team and club captain.

Ertl also undertook a Master’s in Business Administration during his time on the south coast, where he used Pompey as a case study when writing about the importance of sustainability in football.

And although the 32-year-old will no longer be running out of the tunnel on a matchday, he is not turning his back on the Blues.

“I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone,” said Ertl. “I have enjoyed every single minute of my time at Pompey.

“It’s been challenging at times and there have been plenty of ups and downs. When I first came here, players were leaving on a regular basis and we struggled to find places to train.

“So the fact that the club is now on a sound financial footing and with a training ground to call their own is an incredible achievement.

“It’s been great to be a part of Pompey’s rebirth as the largest community club in the country and see it owned by the people who care about it the most.

“To have played for and captained this historic club is an honour and it means so much to me. This place will always remain close to my heart.

“My wife Selma has even worked at the club and I’m not sure there are too many players who can say that!

“I will always be a Pompey supporter and I’m also part of the PST.

“I want to remain in football and I’m staying in the local area, so will be happy to offer my experience to the club if they ever need my help.

“This is the best club I’ve ever played for and I’ve been lucky enough to meet the nicest people.

“I want to thank the Fratton faithful for their incredible backing and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received from everyone during my time here.

“I have also enjoyed working with all the staff at the club – those based at the training ground and everyone in the Fratton Park offices.

“These people all work incredibly hard for the club, without always getting the recognition they deserve.

“I want to wish the new manager well and I’m sure he can lead Pompey to a successful season.

“He’s brought in lots of good players, everyone seems to have bought into his ideas and there’s a fantastic spirit in the camp.

“This is a one-club city and Pompey are an integral part of the community. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and I’m proud to have played a part in that.”

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Jul 152015
 

Ben Tollitt

Free Agent



Pompey have signed midfielder Ben Tollitt on a one-year deal, with the option of an extension.

The 20-year-old spent most of last season at non-league Skelmersdale United.

He has recently been on trial with the Blues and came off the bench for the final few minutes of last Saturday’s friendly at Havant & Waterlooville.

Tollitt said: “I’m made up. It’s my first professional contract and I can’t wait to get started.

“I knew that I wasn’t going to get a lot of time at Havant, so the plan was to use whatever time I got to show a bit of what I could do.

“It was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of and the support was absolutely amazing.

“I can’t wait for the opportunity to step out in front of 17,000 people at Fratton Park.

“I want to be part of something with Pompey, to help them move up and go places. The club really shouldn’t be in this league.”

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Jul 072015
 

Jayden Stockley

Loan : AFC Bournemouth – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Jayden Stockley on loan from Bournemouth until January.

The 21-year-old striker had stints with fellow League Two sides Cambridge and Luton last term.

And he is looking forward to the opportunity to make his mark on the Fratton faithful.

Stockley said: “I’ve already got a lot of experience and hopefully I can contribute something to this good side.

“The size of the club and the style of play preferred by the manager both attracted me to the club.

“There’s a lot of talent around the place and I think we can all be optimistic about the season ahead.

“I’ve played at this level before and it’s a tough league to get out of, but there’s enough quality and character in this team to give it a good go.

“Pompey away was always a fixture you looked forward to and wanted to play in – now I’m happy to have the fantastic fans on my side.

“I’ve played here before when I was on loan at Torquay and we won. It’s a magnificent place to play football.”

Blues fans will get their first sighting of the striker on Saturday when Pompey make the short trip to Westleigh Park for their opening friendly against Havant & Waterlooville.

Stockley said: “It’s always good to blow away the cobwebs after the summer break, get a ball at your feet and express yourself.

“That first league game on August 8 is not far away now and I think that’s something we’re all looking forward to.

“Hopefully the hard work we put in during pre-season will stand us in good stead for the campaign ahead.”

Stockley is a product of Bournemouth’s academy and has made 22 senior appearances for the Cherries.

As well as his time at Luton and Cambridge, he has had spells on loan at Accrington, Woking, Leyton Orient and Torquay.

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Jul 062015
 

Pompey have completed the signing of midfielder Michael Doyle.

The 33-year-old has penned a one-year deal at Fratton Park after leaving Sheffield United at the end of last season.

And he is thriving on the fact that the bookies have made the Blues favourites for League Two promotion.

Doyle said: “I’m happy that it’s all done. Now I want to crack on and try to help this club move back up through the divisions again.

“This is a massive club and if you achieve something here then you’ll always be remembered.

“There’s a lot of pressure when you’re at a big side and I’m sure it will be no different here, but that’s something I enjoy.

“People will make us favourites to win promotion, so we need to make sure we can live up to those expectations.

“The club are making the right statements off the pitch and now it’s up to us to do a job on it.”

Doyle is already eagerly anticipating the opportunity to perform at a packed Fratton Park.

He said: “I’m looking forward to playing in front of large and passionate crowds. It certainly whets the appetite.”

Doyle – who has one Republic of Ireland cap – came through the ranks at Celtic, but moved south of the border to join Coventry in 2003.

He made almost 300 appearances for the Sky Blues and had a spell on loan at Leeds before signing for Sheffield United in January 2011.

Doyle netted 10 goals in 231 games for the Blades and was part of the side that reached the League One play-offs and Capital One Cup semi-finals last term.

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Jul 012015
 

Andy Barcham has left Pompey by mutual consent – and signed for AFC Wimbledon.

The winger had 12 months remaining on the deal he signed in 2013, yet it was agreed he could leave Fratton Park to pursue his career.

Barcham suffered an injury-ravaged time with the Blues after arriving under Guy Whittingham from Scunthorpe.

In total he made 53 appearances and scored five times, yet has not played since picking up an injury against Cheltenham in March.

As revealed by The News on Monday, he has now completed a switch to League Two rivals Wimbledon after inking a two-year deal at Kingsmeadow.

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Jun 252015
 

Christian Burgess

Transfer : Peterborough United – Portsmouth



Peterborough defender signs for Pompey

Pompey have signed Christian Burgess from League One side Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old defender has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

And he insists that dropping into the fourth tier does not feel like a step backwards.

Burgess said: “This is a massive club and the set-up down here is great. I got a call from the gaffer, had a look round and everything was first class.

“It doesn’t feel like a League Two club – there are more fans here than at most League One sides.

“Hopefully we can move up the leagues and we want to meet the expectations that there are of us.

“I’m excited to be here and am looking forward to what is hopefully an exciting season ahead.”

Pompey’s first friendly at Havant & Waterlooville is just over a fortnight away, but Burgess is already thinking about the League Two opener against Dagenham & Redbridge on August 8.

He said: “I’ve had my first training session with the club and now I want to get back into the pre-season routine.

“We’ve got a few friendly games coming up, but we’re already looking towards those first couple of competitive matches.”

Burgess played non-league football before being signed by Middlesbrough while he was studying for a degree in history.

He made one senior appearance for the Teessiders and spent a season on loan at Hartlepool.

The centre-back then moved to Peterborough last summer and scored four goals in 32 appearances.

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Jun 242015
 

Adam Barton

Free Agent



Pompey have signed midfielder Adam Barton on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old was available after leaving Coventry at the end of last season.

Barton made 30 appearances for the League One side during the 2014/15 campaign.

And new boss Paul Cook was able to persuade him to make Fratton Park his next port of call.

Barton said: “This is a massive club and the manager was also a big factor in why I wanted to come here.

“He’s won this league before and the way I like to play is the same way that he likes to play, so that’s another positive.

“I like to get the ball down and play it forward – I’m always disappointed if I give it away.

“The fans were another big reason why I wanted to join the club. Coming to a place like this gives you such a boost.”

Barton has no doubts about what Pompey should be looking to achieve during the 2015/16 campaign.

He said: “Promotion has to be the aim and we’ll class the season as a failure if we don’t achieve that.”

Barton started his career at Preston before moving to Coventry in the summer of 2012, where he played a total of 73 games in three years.

He has made one senior appearance for Northern Ireland and also featured for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.

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Jun 242015
 

Adam McGurk

Free Agent



Striker completes Fratton switch

I’ve played against Pompey a few times and I’ve always been struck by how fantastic the fans have been”
Adam McGurk

Pompey have signed striker Adam McGurk on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old was available following the expiration of his Burton Albion contract.

He scored seven goals in 41 appearances last term – including one against Pompey – to help the Brewers lift the League Two title.

And McGurk revealed that it was not a difficult decision to move to Fratton Park.

He said: “What attracted me was the size of the club and the large crowds that come to watch the games.

“I’ve played against Pompey a few times and I’ve always been struck by how fantastic the fans have been, despite a difficult few years.

“They stick with their side, even when they’re not winning. That’s always impressed me and my team-mates.

“I’ve also played against Paul Cook’s Chesterfield sides before. I liked the way they approach the game and also how much they wanted to play for him.

“When I sat down to talk to him, I could see how much passion he has and wanted to be a part of that.

“I’m excited for the new season. It’s been a stressful few days getting the deal done, but now I’m looking forward to getting down to work and bonding with my new team-mates.”

McGurk has echoed his new manager and fellow summer signings by targeting promotion.

He said: “I think that everyone expected Pompey to do better over the past few years.

“This club belongs in a higher division and now we have to make sure that happens, so we need to gel as quickly as possible.

“I’ll offer hard work and creativity to the side. Hopefully I can score more goals than last season, although the important thing is that I’m able to contribute to a winning team.”

McGurk – who has represented Northern Ireland at under-21 level – played youth team football for Aston Villa before moving on to Hednesford and Tranmere.

He signed for Burton in the summer of 2013 and netted 19 goals in 83 games during his two years at the Pirelli Stadium.

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