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.

Portsmouth FC
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.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 252015
 

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.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 242015
 

Midfielder the latest addition to Paul Cook’s squad

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.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 242015
 

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.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 172015
 

Pompey have signed Gary Roberts from Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old midfielder has penned a three-year deal to link up with his former Spireites manager Paul Cook at Fratton Park

The Blues boss said: “I’m delighted that we’ve signed Gary and I view this as a no-risk transfer, which is always great.

“His record speaks for itself and I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to seeing him in action.”

The former Liverpool youth player started his professional career in Wales before signing for Accrington in 2005.

He was a team-mate of Cook and Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson during his time at the Crown Ground.

Roberts moved on to play for Ipswich, Huddersfield and Swindon, arriving at Chesterfield in the summer of 2013 and helping them win promotion from the fourth tier.

He scored 20 goals in 89 appearances for the Derbyshire club, including the winner against Fleetwood in May 2014 that secured the League Two title.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 152015
 

Pompey have completed the signing of Enda Stevens on a two-year deal.

The Irish left-back arrives as a free agent following his release from Aston Villa at the start of last week.

The 24-year-old becomes Pompey’s third signing of the summer, joining Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith in landing at Fratton Park.

Stevens made 32 appearances on loan at Doncaster Rovers in League One last season.

Portsmouth FC
Jun 122015
 

Craig Westcarr has today sealed his Pompey exit – and joined Mansfield Town.

The striker struggled to impress at Fratton Park, and with one year of his contract remaining it was mutually agreed he could depart.

Paul Cook previously managed Westcarr at Chesterfield, where his stay suffered a similar fate.

The former Walsall man was one of Andy Awford’s main recruits in the summer of 2014.

However, he scored only seven goals in 37 appearances last season.

Westcarr becomes the 10th player to leave Fratton Park since Cook took over the helm almost a month ago.

Speaking to the Mansfield club website, Westcarr said: ‘I had a chat with the new manager at Portsmouth (Paul Cook) and it wasn’t going to work out there, so I came here and the manager told me what he wants and what his outline is for the season.’

Portsmouth FC