Halford: Easy decision for me to come back

Greg Halford in friendly action against the Hawks on Monday night
Greg Halford in friendly action against the Hawks on Monday night
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Greg Halford admits he had no hesitation in sealing his return to Pompey.

The 26-year-old officially signed on Monday from Wolves for a fee believed to be in the region of £1m.

Halford became an important figure for Steve Cotterill last term, making 33 appearances in his extended loan spell and nailing down a place as a centre-back.

As the Blues boss made the recruitment of the defender one of his pressing priorities in his summer rebuilding programme, Halford waited patiently for his opportunity to return.

Halford said: ‘Coming back here was something that I was aware of before the season ended last time.

‘The manager said he wanted to make me his first signing of the summer.

‘That didn’t quite happen but I’ve been quite surprised about how quickly it has gone through and I’m delighted to be back at Portsmouth.

‘They wanted a quick answer, so here I am.

‘It was a pretty easy answer to give, to be honest. I enjoyed it last season and, hopefully, we can now kick on this season and be up there challenging.’

While some players will utilise a successful loan spell at a club to drum up interest in other parties, it’s admirable that Halford has effectively stuck to his word and signed a three-year deal after Pompey agreed a fee with Wolves.

And while he admitted that there was other interest, Halford insisted it was a clear-cut decision.

He said: ‘There were other clubs interested but they weren’t in a position to put bids in at that time.

‘Portsmouth were the club to put their bid in and offer me a contract.

‘I wanted to get out of Wolves sooner rather than later and I didn’t want to wait. It’s the right decision for me.

‘I didn’t even need to speak to the manager to see what he had to say about the club because I already knew his plans.

‘My agent spoke to Mr Lampitt and it was all done quickly after that.’

Halford has joined David Norris, Jason Pearce, Luke Varney and Stephen Henderson in committing themselves to Cotterill’s overhaul – with the manager being backed in the transfer market under the club’s new ownership.

And the former Wolves man believes others will follow, hopefully before the squad jets off on their USA tour this weekend.

Halford said: ‘From last season, the first thing that needed to be sorted out was the ownership of the club and that’s happened.

‘We needed people to put money into this club and from what I can see, that is definitely happening already.

‘I’m the fifth signing of the summer so it’s looking bright because I expect a few more to arrive as well.

‘We’ve got a good core but we need to build around the midfield and striker areas. I’m sure the gaffer has got things in the pipeline.

‘Hopefully, he can get them in before we go away on the tour but if not, I’m sure they will fit in well when they do arrive.’