PORTSMOUTH have landed their eighth, and perhaps best signing of the summer, by bringing in John Marquis from Doncaster.
Pompey fans saw the lack of a goalscoring striker as the missing ingredient last season, with Marquis a proven marksman at League One level.
The 27-year-old was pipped to the League One golden boot by Luton’s James Collins, but his 26 goals in all competitions caught the eye of several managers.
He was linked with summer moves to a host of clubs including Sunderland, and Pompey will have certainly spent big on the player with a year left on his current contract. As is typical of modern football the fee is undisclosed, but it is believed to be around £2m.
The much-travelled Londoner spent a short spell at Fratton Park six years ago scoring twice in six games. More recently he has shown how he has matured to the striking role with 67 goals for Rovers since his move to the Keepmoat in 2016.
Marquis admitted both club and locality were behind the move south, with the lure of working with Kenny Jackett key to his decision. The two worked together when Jackett was in charge at Millwall, with Marquis signing professionally at the Den as a 17-year-old.
“Moving south was a factor in my decision because my fiancée’s family live in Brighton and we’re expecting our second child next week,” Marquis said to the club website, portsmouthfc.co.uk, after signing a three-year deal.
“But there were a lot of other reasons why this was the best move for me, including working under Kenny again.
“He gave me my first taste of senior football and allowed me to play games in the Championship – I’ll forever be grateful to that.
“I always thought that there might be an opportunity to work with him again at some point down the line.
“This is a team with big aspirations and trying to move in the right direction in order to get to the next level. I’m coming here in my prime years and I want to be scoring goals on a regular basis to try to secure promotion.”