Serial former Portsmouth, Ipswich and Wigan promotion winner seals move to League One side

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Blackpool have announced the signing of former Pompey midfielder Lee Evans.

The 29-year-old has moved to Bloomfield Road on a two-year deal following his Blues release at the end of last season.

The former Ipswich man, who moved to Fratton Park in March on a short-term contract, was one six first-team players released by Pompey following their League One title success.

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He joins Joe Rafferty, Sean Raggett (both Rotherham) and Matt Macey (Colchester United) in finding a new club ahead of the 2024-25 campaign, with Josh Martin and Ryan Schofield still awaiting new employers.

Evans made four appearances for the Blues after he answered their midfield SOS, including the 3-2 win against Barnsley, which sealed the Fratton Park side’s Championship return.

Following confirmation of his move to Blackpool, the midfielder said: ‘It's a really nice feeling, I'm delighted to be here and become a Blackpool player.

‘It's an exciting challenge and speaking to Neil Critchley he sold that challenge to me of trying to get out of this league. With the club just missing out on the play-offs last season, it's had a chance to build and then kick on again this coming season which I am proud to be a part of.’

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Evans moved to Pompey after seeing his contract at Ipswich mutually terminated in January. He left Portman Road after knee injuries restricted his game time with the Tractor Boys.

The midfielder made his Blues debut against Wycombe on March 29 - four weeks after his arrival.

At the time of his Pompey departure, head coach John Mousinho said: ‘We felt really lucky to get Lee on that short-term deal. I thought he performed really well when he played.

‘He came into the football club at a difficult time and provided us with important cover in the centre midfield area.

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‘For Lee, he probably would have liked to play a bit more, but we went through that spell of not losing a game and having some really good performances.

‘It was a difficult one to get him more game time, but we were really, really pleased with Lee’s contribution. When we spoke about bringing in Lee, it was for the sole aim of achieving our goal - and we managed to do that.’

Evans is Blackpool’s fifth signing of the transfer window.

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