Pompey decision a ‘no-brainer’ for Christian Burgess

New Pompey signing Christian Burgess Picture: Colin Farmery
New Pompey signing Christian Burgess Picture: Colin Farmery
Nathan Thompson in action against Chelsea under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy last season. Picture: Joe Pepler

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  • Burgess played against Pompey twice in 2013-14 while on loan at Hartlepool
  • Last season made 33 appearances for League One Peterborough
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CHRISTIAN BURGESS insisted it was a ‘no-brainer’ leaving Peterborough to drop into League Two with Pompey.

The towering defender yesterday completed his much-anticipated Fratton Park switch on a three-year deal, with the transfer fee undisclosed.

Little more than 10 months earlier he joined the Posh from Middlesborough, signing a four-year contract.

But after being transfer-listed last month, Burgess had been eyeing a move elsewhere.

And the 24-year-old revealed it took just 30 minutes after meeting Paul Cook to be convinced the Blues is where he wanted to be.

‘I wasn’t forced out at Peterborough, this was not a last option,’ said Burgess.

The decision was made literally half-an-hour after I had met the gaffer. He must be very persuasive, he had me on toast!

Christian Burgess

‘I really wanted to come to Portsmouth and as soon as I came down here the decision was made pretty much straight away.

‘Barry Fry (Peterborough’s director of football) had told me: “If there is no good move for you then there is no good move for us, you are more than welcome to stay”.

‘They weren’t booting me out at all, Barry had made that clear, as did the manager and the assistant. They said if there was nothing just come back and compete for your place.

‘Then the gaffer (Cook) gave me a ring, I came down and liked everything about it. There’s a really good feel around the club and I wanted to be a part of it.

‘A few clubs were interested, a couple in League One as well, but coming here really was a no-brainer.

‘The decision was made literally half-an-hour after I had met the gaffer. He must be very persuasive, he had me on toast!

‘There’s his style of football, the way he likes to play, his attitude, his outlook on the game, his outlook on life.

‘He is positive, he likes his teams to be fit, he likes hard work and he will also back you to the rafters.

‘He talks about sacrifice as well and I found myself agreeing with most of the things he was saying. This is a club going in the right direction.’

The central defender made 33 appearances and scored four goals for Peterborough last season.

His move to London Road was clinched following an impressive loan spell at Hartlepool the previous campaign – when he lined-up against Pompey twice. Now he has become Cook’s seventh signing of a busy summer.

Following a first day’s training yesterday, this afternoon he is flying out with the squad for training in Portugal.

‘Yesterday morning we were in the gym working on strength and conditioning, then in the afternoon played some football with eight-a-sides,’ added Burgess.

‘It was quite enjoyable to see the balls coming out on the second day, it is not all one-dimensional and it’s been great so far.

‘It’s about getting to know the lads and seeing how they play.’