Gareth Evans' Portsmouth departure confirmed with Bradford his destination

Gareth Evans’ five-year Pompey stay has officially come to a close with a move to Bradford.

Valley Parade’s his destination on a two-year deal, as he returns north following 218 appearances and 36 goals at Fratton Park.

Bolton were mooted as a possible alternative for the League Two title winner, but boss Ian Evatt has distanced himself from talk of a move - leaving the way clear for a switch to the Bantams.

The move will see Evans rejoin the club he made 86 appearances for between 2009 and 2011.

It also brings to an end a memorable stay at the club he will be most closely linked with after being brought in by Paul Cook in 2015.

News of the former Manchester United academy player’s exit has been greeted with a huge outpouring of emotion from supporters.

That underlined his position as one of the most popular men to pull on a royal blue shirt in recent seasons.

Gareth Evans scoring the winner at Bradford in 2018. Photo by Daniel Chesterton/

Evans will always be closely associated with the dramatic League Two title success, scoring in the game which sealed promotion at Notts County and the enthralling final-day win over Cheltenham which delivered silverware to Fratton Park.

The former Fleetwood man’s role in the ensuing celebrations in 2017 cemented his place as a great among supporters.

Evans was proud to be named the club’s vice-captain in 2017 and was given the honour of leading the team out at Fratton Park against Arsenal last term.

His penalty against Stevenage last month also saw the versatile player completed the rare feat of scoring in six consecutives seasons for Pompey.

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