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8 January 2015

Striker explains why he chose Pompey

He scored against Pompey on Boxing Day.

But that trip to Fratton Park meant Matt Tubbs did not have to think twice about which side to join in January.

The striker was then on loan from Bournemouth with AFC Wimbledon, where he netted 15 goals in the first half of the season.

However, Andy Awford moved quickly to snap up the 30-year-old when he left his parent club a few days ago.

And Tubbs is looking forward to making his Blues bow in this weekend’s League Two clash with Newport.

He said: “I played here on Boxing Day and there were 17,500 inside the ground – this place is massive.

“It’s a fantastic club, we’ve got a new training ground and I knew a few of the lads already from previous clubs.

“There were other offers, but this place appealed to me massively and I can’t wait to get started.

“I’m glad that the move didn’t drag out over the whole of January. I wanted to get it done as soon as possible.

“I’ve had my first training session with the manager and his coaching staff and it was high-intensity, which is what you want as a player.

“There’s a lot of healthy competition for places here which means you can’t afford to take your foot off the gas.

“But I’m confident in my ability and I can already see that the lads here are going to create a lot of chances for me.

“I’ve always said that sometimes things won’t go your way, but there’s no excuse to not work hard.

“If I give 100 per cent in every game then I can create my own luck and hopefully score a lot of goals for Pompey.”

Tubbs has joined a side sitting 15th in the table, but believes he can help improve that position.

He said: “I’ve not come here to be part of a mid-table League Two squad.

“The calibre of this squad is great and there’s no reason why we can’t push towards the play-offs.”

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