Portsmouth new-boy George Byers sought Jamal Lowe's advice before switch from Swansea - and the midfielder liked what he heard

Pompey newbie George Byers admitted Swansea team-mate and former Fratton favourite Jamal Lowe gave the Blues a glowing reference before his loan switch was completed.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 5:00 pm
Swansea midfielder George Byers has joined Pompey on loan until the end of the season. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

And it proved to be the icing on the cake, with the midfielder already impressed with how manager Kenny Jackett sold the club when contact was initially made at the end of December.

Byers became Pompey’s third new arrival of the January transfer window on Saturday evening, completing a deal until the end of the season.

His switch was announced just hours after Charlie Daniels’ free transfer move was confirmed – and less than a week after Spurs youngster Harvey White joined on loan.

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The 24-year-old will immediately be thrown into the deep end at Fratton Park, with a home game against promotion rivals Lincoln next up on Tuesday.

That affords him little time to settle in and familiarise himself with his new surroundings – even though he watched Saturday’s defeat against Hull from the stands.

Yet he’ll have words of advice provided by Lowe to fall back on, with the now Swans forward previously enjoying a memorable two-and-a-half years on the south coast.

Byers told the Pompey website following his signing: ‘I've spoken to Jamal a few times and, yeah, only good things were said about the club.

‘He loved his time here and obviously done very well.

‘He moved on to do well for Wigan and is obviously doing well for Swansea, so yeah, nothing but good things said about the club.’

Byers admitted, though, that Jackett had done a good job beforehand in selling the Blues project to him.

Pompey sit fourth in the League One table and within touching distance of the automatic promotion places.

A return to the Championship is the club’s priority over the next three-and-a-half months – and the Scot said he was hoping to play a key role in achieving that goal.

He said: ‘I had a call from my agent about a month ago, just before the start of the window, just to say that Portsmouth were interested.

‘Then the manager (Jackett) phoned me and I spoke to the manager, had a good conversation with him, said nothing but good things about the club, where the club wanted to go, and I just wanted to be a part of that.

‘I’m happy it's done now. I can concentrate on football and getting back playing again, which is the main thing I wanted to do.

‘Portsmouth have been there before (in the Championship).

‘We need to get them back in the Championship, that's where we want to be as a club and that's where the manager wants to be and the players as well.

‘This season we've started off well, and hopefully we can kick on and get back to the Championship.’