Hollands: Pompey move just felt right

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Danny Hollands revealed he turned down better offers to be part of the Pompey adventure.

The midfielder yesterday sealed his move to Fratton Park as he became the first signing of the Andy Awford era.

Hollands inked a two-year deal, with an option for a third, as he became a free agent after leaving Charlton.

The move for the 28-year-old accelerated on Wednesday night after initial talks, with the player content Pompey was the right destination.

Hollands explained he turned down sides at a higher level and more lucrative deals to join up with the Blues.

Although perfectly happy with the terms offered by his new club, the former Chelsea trainee explained it was about Pompey being the right fit for him which was the clincher.

Hollands said: ‘I want to be a part of what is happening here.

‘It was a no-brainer from my point of view, really.

‘It just seemed like the right fit for me. This is where I want to be.

‘Yes, there were clubs at a higher level who had offers on the table.

‘There may have been offers with more money but this felt right.

‘The higher you go up the more money you can earn.

‘But when something feels right, not just in football but in life, you go with it.

‘I enjoyed being a part of what was going on here last season.

‘It was a good environment, good manager and a good place to go every day.

‘That means more to me than money.

‘They say money makes the world go around but it’s not all about that at the end of the day.

‘Portsmouth were fantastic with the offer they gave me, I’m really happy with it and glad to be a player here.

‘They have put a lot of faith in me and I can’t thank them enough for that.

‘Hopefully, I can now help the club move forward.’

Hollands was quickly placed at the heart of Awford’s team as Pompey produced an end-of-season renaissance which drove them away from League Two relegation danger.

He delivered a string of sturdy performances as well as a glut of goals, delivering five strikes from six starts anchoring midfield. Hollands quickly built up a strong rapport with Awford in his loan stay at the club.

And it was that experience which made it easy for him to agree to joining Pompey permanently.

The midfielder acknowledged the importance of Awford in making that decision.

He said: ‘I know people who know Andy.

‘So I knew what he was about and what kind of person he was.

‘Then I got to know what playing under him was like.

‘You work out he is a very passionate person, a bit like myself.

‘With him in charge of the club I think the we will go forward – and I want to be a part of it.’