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Marquis: A Number Of Reasons For Pompey Switch

Striker delighted to be back at Fratton Park

31 July 2019

John Marquis signs for Pompey

John Marquis did not have to think long and hard about returning to Pompey.

The striker – who spent a couple of months on loan at Fratton Park six years ago – has completed a transfer to the Blues from Doncaster.

And there were a number of reasons why he decided to put pen to paper on an initial three-year deal.

Geography was one of them, but the chance to work with Kenny Jackett again and hopefully play a part in a promotion push was also pretty inviting.

Marquis said: “It’s nice to be back – on a permanent deal this time – after six years and there have been a lot of changes.

“The club’s obviously in a much better position than it was back then and this is a good opportunity, so I’m excited to get started.

“Moving south was a factor in my decision because my fiancée’s family live in Brighton and we’re expecting our second child next week.

"I’m coming here in my prime years and I want to be scoring goals on a regular basis to try to secure promotion."

John Marquis

“But there were a lot of other reasons why this was the best move for me, including working under Kenny again.

“He gave me my first taste of senior football and allowed me to play games in the Championship – I’ll forever be grateful to that.

“I always thought that there might be an opportunity to work with him again at some point down the line.

“This is a team with big aspirations and trying to move in the right direction in order to get to the next level.

“I’m coming here in my prime years and I want to be scoring goals on a regular basis to try to secure promotion.”

Marquis netted twice in six appearances during his last spell with the Blues, but returns following a prolific few years with Rovers.

He said: “I came here as a young boy and I was inexperienced – there was a lot of pressure on me that I probably wasn’t able to handle.

“Now it’s something that I feel I can deal with and I’m really looking forward to playing at Fratton Park.

“I was only here for two months and I did alright in the first one, but didn’t play a lot in the second and didn’t really get the opportunity I thought I would.

“But I’ve learnt from all of my loan moves – whether or not they’ve gone well – and had three enjoyable years at Doncaster.

“This is a new challenge for me and I’m looking to take that form from the past few seasons into my time at Pompey.

“I never scored at home when I was here before, so I’m really looking forward to that first goal at the Fratton End.”

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