Adam McGurk: Why I wanted to stay in League Two

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Pompey beat Charlton to help get back on track and must continue to push on. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jackett: There can be no slacking from Pompey’s players

  • McGurk scored 19 goals in 83 matches for Burton
  • Started his career at Aston Villa as a trainee
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Adam McGurk should be preparing for trips to Sheffield United, Wigan, Blackpool and Millwall.

Instead he opted to remain in League Two.

In the long-term this is a club that can go places. No disrespect to Burton but they are hitting the peak where I think they can go as a club.

Adam McGurk

The choice was there, the forward could have stayed with champions Burton Albion as part of their glorious charge up the leagues, yet he elected to linger precisely where he was.

Pompey was the lure too irresistible to ignore for the McGurk.

So after bidding farewell to the bottom division of the Football League in May, he is back.

And the 26-year-old is relishing the opportunity to once more taste success in League Two.

He said: ‘Burton wanted me to stay and offered a new deal, but I turned it down for a number of reasons.

‘I loved my time there, I got along well with everyone, for me to move down involved a lot of thinking, it was a bit stressful making the decision.

‘But in the long-term this is a club that can go places. No disrespect to Burton but they are hitting the peak where I think they can go as a club.

‘The deals offered by both clubs was very similar, but I am seeing it long-term.

‘If we get promoted, which we want to do this year, we will be in League One and the size of the club, finances and whole structure means it has a lot of potential to go places – and that is what you want to be part of as a player.

‘I wouldn’t have gone to another club in League Two and had a couple of offers in League One as well. What attracted me was more the status and what Portsmouth could eventually achieve.

‘I just think if the club is run right – which I believe it will be under the gaffer – and with the players they have recruited then it should be going places and hopefully we can put it right now and try to get promoted.

‘It is no secret what we want.’

McGurk was prevented from making his Pompey debut at the Hawks on Saturday after picking up a thigh strain.

However, he is pencilled in to feature against either Bognor tomorrow (7.30pm) or Gosport the following day as Pompey prepare to play two matches in as many days.

Regardless of his short spell on the sidelines, the former Aston Villa player has been impressed with the Blues’ pre-season schedule.

He added: ‘Straight away we went to Portugal to get the boys to mix and it was a good trip, while training was also hard over there.

‘We bonded better over there than we would have done coming in every day here and everyone has been working hard and getting ready for the season.

‘When you are away from your surroundings you have to make more of an effort to get used to each other and have conversations, so Portugal brought us closer.

‘And I’ve done some mad stuff in the past, but running along the beach and diving into the sea at 8am was tough!

‘It has been a bit hectic in the last couple of weeks with arriving here just before the start of pre-season, while I have just found a place in Fareham to live, but we are all getting into a routine now and ready for the campaign ahead.’