New boy Michael Jacobs lays down lofty personal ambition after sealing Portsmouth move

Michael Jacobs targeted bringing the missing creative spark to Pompey’s promotion bid.

Monday, 14th September 2020, 6:12 pm

And the Blues’ new attacking recruit has laid down the ambition of getting into double figures for goals and assists this season, after arriving at Fratton Park.

Jacobs agreed a two-year deal, with the club holding an option to extend that stay for an additional 12 months after departing Wigan this summer.

And the 28-year-old is setting the bar high when it comes to what he intends to achieve this season, as he aims to pick up the fourth League One title of his career.

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Jacobs said: ‘The finances are a big thing but it’s also about the challenge and wanting to get another promotion on the CV.

‘I feel like I’m still at a level where I can perform to a high standard, especially in this division and hopefully the one above.

‘The main aim is to get promoted, so I want to get fit and firing straight away.

‘There’s a good quality of player here already, so I’m looking forward to coming in and adding to that.

Pompey new-boy Michael Jacobs. Picture: Portsmouth FC

‘Playing in that number 10 role, I’ll have to be looking to contribute.

‘Performances are one thing but you’re also judged on goals and assists, and if that means chipping in with 10 of each you’ve had a good season and we’ll have a good chance of getting promoted.

‘It’s something I pride myself on, especially in this division, I’ll be looking to chip in with double figures.

‘Once I’ve bonded with the lads I don’t see any reason why I can’t do that.’

Jacobs had other offers on the table, but had no hesitation in agreeing to move to Fratton Park once Pompey registered their interest.

And the man who worked at Wolves under Kenny Jackett was not concerned about dropping down to League One to do so again, after playing 32 times in the second tier for Wigan last season.

He added: ‘It’s been a bit of a wait across the off season with everything that’s been going on.

‘But it actually happened very quickly. I spoke to the manager at the end of last week and it got sorted over the weekend.

‘So I’m really pleased to get it done and now I can’t wait to get going.

‘It’s important to get things sorted out and I’m just looking forward now.

‘There were a few offers but until you get concrete stuff on the table you don’t know.

‘There’s only so long you can wait because I’m here to play football.

‘I didn’t want to wait three or four weeks into the season and then have to get fit.‘So as soon as the manager got in touch I couldn’t wait to get down here.’

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