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Pompey Snap Up Sullivan

16 May 2013

Keeper pens two-year deal at Fratton Park

Pompey have signed goalkeeper John Sullivan on a two-year deal.

The move will officially go through when the 25-year-old’s Charlton contract expires on July 1.

Sullivan had loan spells at both Colchester and AFC Wimbledon last season, playing for the Dons in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Fleetwood that saw them secure League Two survival on the final day.

He said: “I’m very excited to be joining Pompey.

“I was down at Wimbledon for the final part of last season. It’s a great club and I owe them so much.

“But this is a great opportunity to come to a big club at the start of a new project. As soon as I heard of Pompey’s interest, it was an easy decision. This is where I wanted to come.

“I have been at big clubs like Brighton, Millwall and Charlton, but never cemented myself as number one.

“Pompey is definitely the biggest club of my career and I am coming here with one aim – to play and help the club get promoted to where they need to be.

“I’m coming with the attitude that, at the age of 25, I want to play, although I know it’s not going to be as easy as that.

“I have competition at the club and so it’s very much up to me to do the business and prove myself.”

Blues boss Guy Whittingham said: “It wasn’t a case of me suddenly thinking I need another keeper. We have remained open-minded and John has been on our radar for a while.

“It’s pleasing he has joined us and is the latest to buy into the ethos of what we want to do here.

“Players who come here know they are going to get tremendous support.

“We tell them that if they put everything into the game then they are going to do well. Like John, they are all excited by that challenge.”

Sullivan began his career further down the coast at Brighton, signing professional forms for his hometown club in 2005.

But he did not make a first team appearance until 2008 when he deputised for the injured Michel Kuipers in a 3-2 victory over Leicester.

He signed for Millwall the following year and spent time on loan at Yeovil and Charlton before joining the latter permanently in 2011.

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