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DUNNE AND POKE JOIN BLUES

24 June 2014

Midfielder and goalkeeper sign for Pompey

Pompey have signed midfielder James Dunne and goalkeeper Michael Poke.

Dunne, 24, joins from Stevenage and has penned a two-year deal at Fratton Park, with the option of an extension.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at St Johnstone and was part of the side that beat Dundee United to lift the Scottish Cup.

Poke, 28, has signed a two-year deal after leaving relegated Torquay.

Blues boss Andy Awford said: “James is a player that I’ve admired for the last 18 months and enjoyed a very successful spell in Scotland last season.

“I’ve watched him play on a few occasions and am delighted that he’s agreed to join us – especially as there were clubs from higher leagues interested in him.

"Michael is a good all-round goalkeeper, who will come in and provide decent competition."

Dunne progressed through the ranks at Arsenal, but left the Gunners without making a senior appearance.

He then spent three seasons with Exeter before joining Stevenage in the summer of 2012 and scoring seven goals in 59 games.

Poke started his career along the south coast at Southampton and had several loan spells with Torquay before joining them permanently from Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2012.

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