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Downing: Pompey Tick All The Boxes

Defender excited to complete switch to Fratton Park

21 June 2019

Paul Downing signs for Pompey
Photo: Colin Farmery

Paul Downing is looking to put down roots after becoming Pompey’s latest summer signing.

The defender has arrived on a free transfer after leaving Championship side Blackburn at the end of last season.

He becomes the third capture this month following the arrivals of right-back James Bolton and striker Ellis Harrison.

And Downing is pleased to have joined a club that he believes can compete for promotion next season.

The 27-year-old said: “I obviously can’t wait to get started – I’m looking forward to meeting the lads next week and get cracking with pre-season.

“I’d like to have a bit of stability in my career and hopefully I can settle in, find a home here and achieve something special.

“The sheer size of Pompey made me want to sign. This is a club with ambition that wants to get out of the division.

"I’d like to have a bit of stability in my career and hopefully I can settle in, find a home here and achieve something special."

Paul Downing

“I also want to play at the highest level possible and I know the manager has a good record of winning promotion, so it ticks all the boxes.

“I know what it takes to be around the top at this level, so hopefully I can help this club get where it wants to be.

“It’s a pretty unique ground, with plenty of tradition. It’s usually a full house and that’s why the noise is so good.

“Things like making my debut at Fratton Park and scoring my first goal at the home end are going to be fantastic.”

Downing’s primary objective is to help shore up the Blues back-line, but he is also comfortable in possession.

He said: “I like to think I can pick a pass and play the ball forward with a bit of quality, although the most important thing as a defender is to keep it out of the net.

“You need to make sure you’re hard to beat and we’ll be looking to keep as many clean sheets as possible.”


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