Goal machine lays down target to fire Portsmouth to Championship after Doncaster arrival

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John Marquis has set a 25-goal target to fire Pompey into the Championship.

And the prolific marksman is ready to shoulder the weight of expectation after his big-money move to Fratton Park.

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The 27-year-old delivered goals aplenty in his three seasons at the Keepmoat Stadium - hitting 26 goals in two campaigns amid a total of 67 finishes.

Although normally staying quiet on his ambitions, Marquis has put the bar at bagging 25 strikes this season at a rate of a goal every two games - a return certain to make him a hero with the Fratton faithful.

Marquis said: ‘I fancy myself to get in and around the one in two mark. That’s obviously a fantastic return.

‘I’m hoping to play 50 games this season and 25 goals. That would be lovely if we get promoted.

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‘I set targets and keep them to myself, but 25 I would like to think would put us in a really good position.

John Marquis signs for Pompey. Picture: Portsmouth FCJohn Marquis signs for Pompey. Picture: Portsmouth FC
John Marquis signs for Pompey. Picture: Portsmouth FC

‘I’ve got a couple of 26s before. If I can beat that I’d like to think we’d be in a good position.

‘I always do short-term, mid-term and long-term targets. As long as I keep ticking them off as we go along, I’d be happy.’

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And he believes his headstrong mind set will lead to him taking the fee put on the Londoner’s head in his stride.

Marquis added: ‘There’s going to be expectation and pressure when there’s money paid like that.

‘There’s going to be expectation and people will expect me to do well - but I expect to do well.

‘I feel this is the right team for me. I wouldn’t have gone to a team if I didn’t feel I could be a success there.

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‘I know my game and what I’m good at. I’ve looked at what the lads are good at and if I get into the right positions I will be scoring chances.

‘Hopefully I can get goals, we can get promoted and come the end of the season it looks a snip.

‘Doncaster was the perfect move at the perfect time for me.

‘I moved away from being comfortable, happy and content in London. My friends were around and I was living at home with my mum at 24.

‘I said I wanted to do something different, go somewhere and find a new home.

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‘My missus who’s now my fiancee moved with me and we made a fresh start.

‘I just went for it with my head switched on in terms of football and I reaped the rewards very quickly.

‘I can’t speak highly enough of how I enjoyed my time there, but now felt the right time - probably for me and Doncaster.

‘This is good security, a good club, working with a manager I know and I’ve got a point to prove. It’s a great fit.’

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