Portsmouth striker John Marquis has opened up about his move to the south coast, telling the Portsmouth News he feels that they’re a ‘great fit’ for each other.
The prolific striker made the move to Fratton Park in the summer for a fee thought to be ‘well in excess’ of £1m. He had been a target for a number of clubs, including Sunderland, but explained in detail why he eventually chose Kenny Jackett’s promotion hopefuls.
“I got a call from Kenny in the summer,” revealed the forward.
“The manager knew I’m ambitious and would have a lot of offers elsewhere, but he was keen to tell me he’d like to have me if there was a possibility to get it done.
“I went back to Doncaster and weighed up a lot of situations. There’s been a lot of stuff going on off the pitch and it’s been a busy time, but this suits me down to the ground.”
Doncaster experienced a summer of upheaval, with manager Grant McCann leaving as well as a host of other first team players. They’re in transition, but with Pompey the development path is clear and that’s one of the factors the 27-year-old considered when weighing up his options.
“It’s not like I’m popping in and popping out. I can see where the club wants to go. I’m fit, healthy and it feels like the right move at the right time.
“I want to look to the future for me and my family. I’ve got good security at a good club which is back down home. It’s a great fit.”
He’s made two appearances since his move to Pompey, coming off the bench against Tranmere after starting the 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury on the opening day.
Players need to be settled and know that the club they’re going to matches their ambition. Had Doncaster held on to the likes of Tommy Rowe, would he have been tempted to stay?
Maybe not, but it was something of a surprise that he ended up in League One and not the Championship. His record speaks for itself and at 27 he’s in his prime.
That means he must be very certain of Pompey’s ambition. It would be a surprise if they weren’t geared up to earn promotion, but it will be nice for supporters to see the evidence of it.