Portsmouth new boy ready to handle the pressure after arrival from Burton Albion

Marcus Harness is ready to take on the weight of expectancy at Pompey.

Thursday, 25th July 2019, 6:30 am
Pompey's new boy Marcus Harness. Picture: Joe Pepler

Harness signed an initial three-year deal for a substantial fee, believed to be approaching £1m.

It’s the biggest fee shelled out by Pompey in eight years and is a statement of Kenny Jackett’s belief in the 23-year-old.

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Harness knows eyes will be on him with the demand to deliver promotion to the Championship next term.

That’s a challenge the attacking talent is ready to tackle head on.

Harness said: ‘Even in my short time here I can tell (the club) is a massive thing for the people here.

‘It’s exciting. I’ve experienced it (the support) on the away end.

‘To have that behind me is something I can’t wait to experience. I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

‘I just can’t wait to be a part of it. Hopefully I can show them that I’m ready for it and I can help their team.

‘I just want to get the club where it should. I’m looking forward to that challenge.

‘We’ll see how it goes but hopefully I can be a valuable member here for years to come.’

He added: ‘It’s with a heavy heart I’m moving on but to leave with a goal like that is something they can remember. It was just a nice touch and good way to go really.’