Portsmouth confirmed the signing of Burton Albion winger Marcus Harness on Thursday night for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old makes the move to Fratton Park on a three-year deal that includes the option of a fourth as Kenny Jackett looks to build a side capable of challenging for promotion again.
Last season saw him score five goals and assist seven more for Nigel Clough’s side as they made a push for the League One play-offs – but ultimately fell short.
Harness is a graduate of the Brewers’ youth academy although last season was his first one of regular action for the club, previously being sent out on loan to Ilkeston, Aldershot and Port Vale.
Pompey’s 2018/19 campaign ended in disappointment and after pushing for automatic promotion for the duration they had to settle for fourth.
They were then narrowly beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Sunderland in their play-off semi-final to finally put an end to any hopes of a Championship return.
But Jackett is clearly keen to finish off the job this time around with Harness becoming his seventh signing of the summer.
I think this is a very clever signing from Portsmouth.
Harness clearly has a lot of ability and is more than capapble of cutting it in the third tier. The fact he was entering the final year of his contract means that they have likely picked him up for a very good price too.
It will now be interesting to see what happens with Jamal Lowe. This does have the whiff of a replacement about it so I would not be surprised to see him move on in the next few days.