The most prolific season of his career - but Portsmouth's Marcus Harness is gunning for more

Marcus Harness toasted the finest scoring season of his career – now he’s gunning for even an greater goal return.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 5:00 pm
Marcus Harness celebrates a goal-scoring entrance against MK Dons in February's 3-1 triumph. Picture: Joe Pepler

The forward registered nine goals in 37 appearances during his maiden Fratton Park campaign.

Before arriving from Burton last summer, the 24-year-old had netted eight times in his entire senior career.

Only Ronan Curtis, John Marquis and Ellis Harrison hit the target for Pompey more than Harness last term.

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Now the goal touch has been established, he’s confident of making an even better scoring contribution in the forthcoming League One campaign.

Harness told The News: ‘It was my best season for goals. I felt I was finally finding my feet and know I have a lot more in me.

‘It just comes with confidence. I am feeling confident and hopefully this season can do even better – I’m sure I will.

‘When you’re a young lad coming through, it takes a while to prove to yourself that you can do it at this level. I have definitely done that now,

‘I know what I can do, I know whenever I play I will create and score. It’s something I expect to continue this season.

‘Joe (Gallen) has been telling me I need to try to score more sitters to add to the tally, but that’s something which will come. I guess I can score all types of goals.

‘I have got a few targets, but won’t say too much. I don’t want to jinx myself by telling everyone.

‘I have high hopes this year, personally and for the team, so hopefully we can all have a good season.’

Harness made 27 starts – the same as Ryan Williams – as they shared right-wing duties last season.

However, both started the play-off semi-final second-leg loss at Oxford United.

In the process, Harness scored from the number 10 role, while Williams was crowned the man of the match.

Harness added: ‘I didn’t play as much as I would have liked, but that can improve this year and hopefully I can push my way in.

‘I have grown as a person from moving down here and grown as a player.

‘I think I had an all right first season, but I’m looking to do a lot better in my time here.’

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