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Transfer : Portsmouth – Coventry City
Tom Davies has signed for Coventry for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old centre-back will join former Pompey team-mates Michael Doyle and Liam O’Brien at the Ricoh Arena.
He joined the Blues from Accrington last summer and made a total of 16 first team appearances during his time on the south coast.
Davies only featured once this term, however, partnering Jack Whatmough in defence for the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Fulham under-21s.
Lalkovic, Davies and Close on target in Jackett’s first game
Pompey got pre-season off to a winning start thanks to three second half strikes against Salisbury.
They dominated the opening 45 minutes at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium without managing to find a breakthrough.
But substitutes Milan Lalkovic, Tom Davies and Ben Close all found the net after the break to get Kenny Jackett’s reign as Blues boss off to a decent opening.
Salisbury manager – and former Pompey player and boss – Steve Claridge came out of retirement to lead the line for the hosts at the age of 51.
However, it was the Blues who, unsurprisingly, looked the more dangerous side and Burgess headed narrowly wide from Gary Roberts’ corner in the opening stages.
The hosts then had to scramble clear when the same duo combined well again just a few moments later.
Adam May wasted a decent opportunity by volleying wildly past the post after Kal Naismith had laid the ball off for him.
But it was Kyle Bennett looking the biggest threat for the Blues, with an array of tricks and flicks to open up the Salisbury defence.
The League One side were just missing a finishing touch – understandable considering they had only returned to training a couple of days earlier.
There was not much for former Salisbury loanee Alex Bass to deal with at the other end, although the keeper kept out a looping header from Lewis Benson on 20 minutes.
Most of the action was taking place at the other end, however, and Naismith tested the handling of Whites stopper Charlie Searle with a clean strike.
But the Blues were unable to find an opener under the warm Wiltshire sunshine and the sides went in level at the break.
Pompey started the second half with a completely new side and soon set about trying to open the scoring.
Curtis Main drew a regulation save from Searle, while Theo Widdrington fired over from 30 yards when a pass looked the better option.
But the Blues were ahead on 57 minutes when Curtis Main fed LALKOVIC, who drew the keeper from his line and neatly slotted into the net.
Nicke Kabamba almost doubled the advantage just before the hour mark, with a fierce effort from the right that looped narrowly over the bar.
But a second goal did arrive from the resulting corner, as DAVIES rose highest to convert Carl Baker’s delivery.
And the result was put beyond on doubt on 75 minutes when CLOSE hit a ferocious effort that cannoned in off the underside of the bar.
Pompey kept pushing forward in the closing stages, but the game drifted towards its conclusion without anyone able to add to the scoring.
Salisbury (4-1-4-1): Searle; Colson, Smith, Hart, Mundy; Whelan; Benson (c), Green, Roberts, Young; Claridge
Subs: Ball, Herbert, Flint, Russell, Larbi, Corbridge, Burden, Mathews, McGregor
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass (Collins 46); Evans (c) (Talbot 46), Burgess (Davies 46), Clarke (Whatmough 46), Haunstrup (Bedford 46); May (Widdrington 46), Rose (Close 46); Roberts (Baker 46), Bennett (Main 46), Lowe (Lalkovic 46); Naismith (Kabamba 46)
Goals: Lalkovic 53, Davies 63, Close 75
Subs not used: D.Smith, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Blues bring in defender
Pompey have signed defender Tom Davies on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old was available on a free transfer after leaving Accrington at the end of last season.
He appeared in all three of Stanley’s games against the Blues last season and is looking forward to now having the Fratton faithful on his side.
“I’m buzzing and excited about pulling on that blue shirt,” said Davies. “I heard about the interest last week and as soon as Pompey’s name was mentioned, I told my agent that was where I wanted to go.
“The first couple of games were really tight last season, but the wall of noise when you come out of the tunnel at Fratton Park is incredible. I can’t wait to experience that every other week.
“Pompey played us off the park up at Accrington later on and it’s great to now be a part of that side.
“This place is amazing and the standards are very high, so it’s up to me to make sure that I reach them.”
Davies has already started pre-season training with the Blues and will be looking to get to know his team-mates better on next week’s trip to Ireland.
He said: “The lads have all been brilliant and very welcoming – they’ve told me what to expect.
“Ireland is a great opportunity to get some good work done. Pre-season isn’t always nice, but it’s certainly a necessity.
“We’ve got five weeks of hard work to make sure we can hit the ground running and reach our goals this season.”
Davies started his senior career in the non-league game with Team Northumbria and FC United of Manchester before moving to Fleetwood in 2014.
He arrived at Accrington last summer and scored once in 39 appearances during his single season with Stanley.