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Patience Pays Off For Walkes

New signing delighted to complete permanent Blues switch

18 July 2018

Anton Walkes signs for Pompey

The signing of Anton Walkes will not come as any great surprise to the Fratton faithful.

News of a permanent contract for the 21-year-old has been rumbling on in the press for a number of weeks now.

But, having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Blues, he has finally completed a switch from Tottenham.

And Walkes is delighted to get the deal over the line, as he turns his attention to helping Pompey achieve a successful 2018/19 campaign.

He said: “It’s a great feeling because this has been developing for quite some time now.

“I was getting fit again from my injury over the summer and there was a lot of talk going on, so I had to be patient.

"This is definitely a new beginning for me and it’s the challenge that I need at this stage of my career."

Anton Walkes

“But I want to get settled here, have somewhere to call home and push on from what happened last season.

“There are a lot of great people at Tottenham and I thank them for getting me to the point I’m at, but now it’s all about doing well for Pompey.

“This is definitely a new beginning for me and it’s the challenge that I need at this stage of my career, as I try to push on.

“We know what the level is and how we have to improve. There’s a great group here and promotion is the expectation.”

Walkes netted on his Pompey debut against Doncaster back in February and was used as both a right-back and central midfielder.

He said: “My debut goal was a great feeling and took some pressure off my shoulders. Hopefully there will be a few more.

“As long as I’m on the pitch and able to do a job, then I’ll take that. I’m ready for any challenge in any position.”

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