Pompey recruitment drive lures Adam Barton

Adam Barton. Picture: Colin Farmery
Adam Barton. Picture: Colin Farmery
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  • 24-year-old made 30 appearances for Coventry City last season
  • Northern Ireland international started his career at Preston North End
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Adam Barton has revealed Pompey’s ambitious recruitment drive proved an irresistible lure to Fratton Park.

The 24-year-old joined Adam McGurk in yesterday signing for the Blues, taking Paul Cook’s number of summer arrivals to six.

The manager knows what he wants, he has told me where he wants us to go in the next 2-3 years and it’s realistic because he has done it before

Adam Barton

In addition, after spending the day with the club, Christian Burgess’ transfer from Peterborough is today expected to be completed.

With Michael Doyle also in the pipeline, the Pompey manager’s large-scale overhaul of his playing squad continues.

It is a transformation which has certainly impressed Barton – a free agent having featured 30 times for Coventry City last season.

And the central midfielder admitted the calibre of Blues recruits was a major driving force in his arrival.

He said: ‘I took a lot of things into consideration, such as the manager having success in League Two before and him coming from League One to Portsmouth.

‘He obviously has ambition, he wants to go a long way – and you can see that with the signings he has made.

‘I did look at his signings just to see.

‘Everyone wants to have a go but the signings you make have a big impact.

‘For me it showed this club is about promotion or nothing, basically.

‘You speak to the manager and he wants to do this, that and the other.

‘Obviously a lot of managers want the same but with a club like Portsmouth they actually have got what it takes to get out of this league.

‘No disrespect to a team like Accrington Stanley but it might take a bit longer for them to do something like that.

‘I am not knocking Accrington or teams like that at all but Portsmouth have been in the Premier League.

‘They can be fighting for promotion and that is the club’s goal.

‘The manager knows what he wants, he has told me where he wants us to go in the next two or three years and it’s realistic because he has done it before.

‘He did it with Chesterfield and also got them to the League One play-offs, so he has shown he knows what he is doing at this level.’

Barton, who has signed a two-year deal, joined his new team-mates for training yesterday afternoon.

Now Pompey’s pre-season has begun.

He added: ‘I was doing my medical this morning and in the afternoon we did running.

‘It wasn’t anything too major at this moment in time, just designed to ease our way back into it so there is no-one is getting injured.

‘We did four 1km runs, nothing major, nothing to kill us, it was to get our legs going again.

‘You are back into it now, so everyone is ready to go.’