Harrison completes Pompey move

Photo Credit: Portsmouth Official Website

Pompey have signed striker Ellis Harrison, on a three year deal, for a fee of around £450,000.

The 25-year-old Welshman was spotted at Pompey’s training ground yesterday finalising the deal.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen has spoken to Portsmouth official website about the deal: “We’re really pleased to get Ellis here – he’s someone we’ve kept tabs on for around 18 months now.

“We’ve always liked him as a player. He can fit into our system as a number nine and hold the ball up, win headers and score goals.

“He also brings added mobility to that position and has the right attitude, which is really important for us and fits into our philosophy.

“We’re really pleased to get Ellis here – he’s someone we’ve kept tabs on for around 18 months now.”Joe Gallen

“Ellis has a good record in League One and all the attributes we need. We feel he has the whole package and can add to our squad.

“With the players that we’re starting to bring in, we’re confident that they can make the difference for us in getting out of this league.”

On his move to Fratton Park, Harrison told the club site:“Coming here is a no-brainer. I’ve got a manager who trusts me and has put his full faith in me, so I want to repay that.

“I’m very confident in my own ability and now it’s up to me to prove that on a Saturday. I don’t feel like I’ve hit my peak yet and there’s more to come.

“It’s a new start for me and hopefully we can be pushing to get into the Championship, which is where the club deserves to be.”Ellis Harrison

“I didn’t really get going at Ipswich and show my full potential, but I was hindered by injury a lot of the time.

“Now I’m looking to really push on with Pompey next season and show everyone exactly what I can do.

“I remember playing at Fratton Park and it was very loud. I was trying to shout to the boys and they couldn’t hear me. Having those fans behind you – you can’t really ask for much more.

“It’s a new start for me and hopefully we can be pushing to get into the Championship, which is where the club deserves to be.”

The Welshman netted one goal and assisted once in 16 appearances for Town. 

Harrison was one of Paul Hurst’s permanent signings at the start of the previous campaign but a change in manager, his injury problems and constantly rotating team selections have made opportunities hard for the 25 year old.

Pompey previously tried to sign him on loan in the January transfer window, and as assistant manager Joe Gallen mentioned, the south coast club have been long admirers of the former Bristol Rovers man.

It has been a busy day down on the South coast, with Matt Clarke also completing his move to Brighton. The initial fee for the former Claydon High School pupil is £3.9m as reported last week, this will see Town receiving around £780,000.

Meanwhile, Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s move to Millwall is all but completed however confirmation is likely to be early next week.

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