Gareth Evans: My attacking play can thrive at Pompey

Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler
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GARETH EVANS is convinced his attacking capabilities can flourish under the guidance of Paul Cook.

The winger yesterday signed a one-year deal with an option for another following an eye-catching spell on trial.

With goals in successive games against Coventry and Woking, Blues supporters had been hoping the 27-year-old’s stay would be made permanent.

Now Evans has become the 11th recruit of Cook’s reign.

And the former Fleetwood player is relishing the opportunity to be given more freedom to create in his new surroundings.

Evans said: ‘I spent the last two years at Fleetwood tucked in on the right of a diamond.

Hopefully scoring in the last two games has not set the bar too high, but I want to score more goals and am confident I am going to be doing that at this club

Gareth Evans

‘As much as I enjoyed playing at Fleetwood, it felt that system didn’t really get the best out of my attacking abilities, which is why I didn’t score a boat-load of goals.

‘Coming here and being more of an attacking player is definitely going to bring the best out of me because I have a record of scoring goals and making goals and I want to get back to that.

‘The diamond involved me being a lot more defensive, whereas this gaffer is definitely a lot more attacking and that is one of the factors for signing here.

‘The emphasis as part of the three is making and scoring goals, making the right decision once you get into the box and just enjoying playing football.

‘I have definitely improved as the pre-season has gone on, I’ve got fitter as the days have gone by and feel I am getting more and more comfortable with the club and with the position

‘Hopefully, scoring in the last two games has not set the bar too high, but I want to score more goals and am confident I am going to be doing that at this club.

‘And I definitely think this manager and this team will get the best out of me.’

Evans played 46 times for Fleetwood in League One last season, yet turned down a new contract this summer.

And he insists other clubs were also rejected in favour of a Fratton Park switch.

He added: ‘I had a few offers from the league above and a fair few offers in League Two, but it was just a case of do I want to go and play for a middle of the road League One team that is not going to push for promotion and if anything is going to be battling relegation?

‘Or do I want to be at a successful team that has big crowds, big ambitions and play for a manager that is going to get the best out of me?

‘That is why I came to train at Portsmouth – and now I have signed.’