Matt Tubbs pledges future to Pompey

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MATT TUBBS pledged his future to Pompey as he targeted a promotion charge.

Last season’s leading goalscorer in League Two has been the subject of ongoing transfer speculation in recent weeks, with questions raised over whether he fits into new boss Paul Cook’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation as a lone striker.

The Blues kick off the new season with a home game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

But the 31-year-old, who only moved to Pompey in January, has rejected talk of a move away from Fratton Park as he sets his sights on spearheading Pompey’s bid to climb out of the Football League’s bottom division.

‘I am committed and I am happy here,’ said Tubbs.

‘I am a southern lad from Bournemouth and I have got another two years left on my deal.

Pompey striker Matt Tubbs scored four goals in an exhibition friendly game against a Hawks Academy side yesterday as the Blues held an open day at Fratton Park Picture: Malcolm Wells

Pompey striker Matt Tubbs scored four goals in an exhibition friendly game against a Hawks Academy side yesterday as the Blues held an open day at Fratton Park Picture: Malcolm Wells

‘It (Pompey) is a fantastic club and a club that shouldn’t be in League Two.

‘At the moment, I am concentrating on trying to get this club out of the division.

‘I can’t wait for Saturday.

‘Pre-seasons always drag on a little bit but they are vital coming into the start of the season.

I am committed and I am happy here

Matt Tubbs

‘To be fair, this has been one of the toughest pre-seasons I have had.

‘He (Cook) has worked us hard – we have been doing two, three, four training sessions a day some days.

‘But everyone feels fit and ready to go and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be raring to go come Saturday.’

Tubbs was back in action at Fratton Park yesterday as the Blues hosted an open day so fans could catch a first glimpse of their heroes wearing the club’s new all-black third strip.

Supporters also had the extra bonus of watching Pompey take on a Hawks Academy side in an exhibition friendly that lasted an hour – a game the hosts won 6-0.

Former AFC Wimbledon front man Tubbs scored four in front of the onlooking crowd, with new-boys Matt Clarke and Gary Roberts also on the scoresheet.

That provided the striker, whose only goal in pre-season came in the 1-1 draw at Bognor, with a welcome boost ahead of the season-opener.

But he said the result in general and the Blues’ form in front of goal yesterday will benefit the whole squad going into the Daggers game.

‘It doesn’t matter what sort of game it is – goals give you confidence,’ said Tubbs.

‘The team showed its attacking threat, albeit against a young side.

‘We showed that we can create so many chances and, on Saturday, hopefully we can put it together again.’