Portsmouth have finally started their journey back up the Football League, securing promotion and the Sky Bet League Two title on Saturday evening in dramatic fashion, as they overtook both Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers on the final day of the season.
Securing promotion from League Two will have been a huge relief for all at Fratton Park, after years of negativity surrounding Portsmouth.
However, nobody associated with Portsmouth will accept the club settling for a place in League One, they must continue their rise back through the divisions.
Player recruitment will be essential during pre-season, and one player Paul Cook should look to bring back to the South-Coast, is Marc McNulty who is set to be released by Sheffield United.
McNulty enjoyed a successful loan spell with Portsmouth during the 2015/16 season, where he scored 12 goals for Pompey, including one in the play-off semi-final defeat to Plymouth.
McNulty found himself out on-loan again ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, this time with Bradford City, where the 24-year old spent the first-half of the season before returning to Bramall Lane.
McNulty hardly featured for the Blades during their League One run-in this season, and the 24-year old’s availability may attract the attention of Cook – with a deal possible for the forward who admitted he would love to return.
With Portsmouth’s players heading into unfamiliar territory, recruiting players with League One experience will be key for Cook, and if he can combine both a player that fits that description with one who is comfortable at Fratton Park, it will only benefit the club.
McNulty is a player who has handled the expectation at Portsmouth before, and could be someone that helps Cook establish Pompey back in League One, along with continuing their progression.