Portsmouth have completed the signing of Tom Naylor, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Naylor joins Portsmouth on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal with the club after leaving Burton Albion.
The Brewers had offered the versatile player a new deal but he has opted for a new challenge and he joins League One rivals Pompey ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Comfortable in either central midfield or central defence, the 26-year-old has plenty of experience in the Football League, having played 134 games for Burton since joining from Derby County in 2015.
Naylor netted 13 goals in total for Burton during his three year stay with the club.
Pompey fans expect Naylor to be the tough-tackling midfielder that they have been missing and he can also deputise at centre-half, although their current options of Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess and Jack Whatmough will be tough to replace.
Here are how Portsmouth fans reacted to Naylor’s arrival.
Is this the hard hitting championship centre mid we are after ? Lol
— Jake Squibb (@JakeSquibb) June 8, 2018
Brilliant signing a big strong ball winner exactly what we need
— Lee laver (@laver_lee) June 8, 2018
that’s not how you spell McNulty…
— benny t (@tew_ben) June 8, 2018
Fancy Naylor to be a big player for #Pompey. Nigel Clough was keen to keep hold of him & offered a deal which would have made him joint highest paid player at Burton.
Plenty of experience at this level & came 2nd in supportes player of the year vote at the end of this season
— Dan Shaw (@DanShawPFC) June 8, 2018
Well this is a good watch. Looks like exactly the type of player #Pompey need
— Freddie T???????? (@freddiepfc) June 8, 2018
He's capable of playing at the back or as a defensive-midfielder, played both for Burton last season. Signed by #Pompey as a hard hitting defensive-midfielder to add some steel to the core of the side.
— PompeyMedia (@SouthC_media) June 8, 2018
He wanted a new challenge. He’s been up and down the leagues with Burton. With respect to them, we are more likely to stick in the Championship.
— Hugh Bunce (@puckdropuk) June 8, 2018
— Jamie (@Axl_Rose1971) June 8, 2018
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