Greg Halford can be one of the bargains of the Championship season.
That’s the verdict of Liam Lawrence, who is convinced Pompey have pulled off a coup landing the 26-year-old former Wolves central defender permanently.
Although the fee is undisclosed by the Blues, it is believed to be in the region of £1m.
For Lawrence that represents a ‘snip’.
The Pompey skipper regards Halford as one of Steve Cotterill’s stars of last season.
And he is adamant Halford can continue to shine in the campaign ahead now Fratton Park is his permanent home.
Lawrence said: ‘A few of us were talking about Greg over dinner the other night.
‘He wasn’t there, otherwise he’d get big headed, but he was brilliant for us last year.
‘We were saying he’s a great, great signing for us and a snip at £1m.
‘There are players in the Championship going for £2-3m. We got him for a fraction of that.
‘Greg’s quality and if he can keep his feet on the ground and has a good year, I am sure he will be among the players of the year.
‘You look at him and he is composed, strong in the air, quick and good in the other box as well.
‘He gets on the end of other things to score goals which is a real bonus for a defender.
‘Greg was definitely one of the best players last year. Him and Haydo (Mullins) did fantastic for us.
‘And I just think we’ve got him for a really good fee.’
Halford played 33 matches for Pompey last season, scoring five goals.