THE seemingly never-ending tale of Jamal Lowe’s exit from Fratton Park finally reached its conclusion on Thursday when the 25-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Wigan Athletic.
Lowe made it clear at the end of last season that he was keen to test himself at a higher level, and was linked with a host of high-flying Championship clubs including Leeds and Middlesbrough.
But it was former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook who persuaded Pompey’s top scorer last season to join him at the DW Stadium for a fee believed to be around £3m.
Cook brought Lowe to the south coast from non-league football at Hampton and Richmond Borough, but the manager left Fratton Park soon after for Wigan.
He has been linked with a move to the north west for the last few weeks, the two clubs haggling over the fee for a player who scored 17 goals and provided nine assists for Portsmouth last season.
Lowe thanked Portsmouth FC fans in a personal tweet for the support they’d shown him, apologising for the lack of communication over his future. He also took a swipe at certain people at the club, questioning their integrity without naming names.
Speaking to Latics TV, Lowe said: “It wasn’t an easy decision to step away from Portsmouth. Me and my partner loved it in Portsmouth, both of our children were born there.
“It is hard to move across the country, but that’s part of the life that we live.
“It’s been a long couple of months and there’s been a lot of speculation with some discussions back and forth, but I’m happy that it’s finally done with and I can concentrate on getting ready for the season.
“There was some relief when the pen hit the paper and also excitement because it’s a great opportunity to play in the Championship under a manager who has shown his faith in me before.
“I scored 17 goals and got nine assists last season, so I’d say it was a pretty productive year and hopefully I can replicate that this season.”
Lowe’s exit appeared inevitable when he was left out of Pompey’s last two warm-up games including the 4-2 win at Woking on Tuesday night where Brett Pitman (2) and Oli Hawkins (2) were on target.
Meanwhile, Louis Dennis has joined League Two side Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old forward made eight appearances for Pompey after signing from Bromley last summer.