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Michael Doyle relishing Portsmouth pressure

6 July 2015

Portsmouth new boy Michael Doyle is relishing the pressure that comes with playing for what he considers a 'massive club', having signed for Pompey after leaving Sheffield United.

The Irish midfielder played 231 times for the Blades but was released at the end of last season, prompting Paul Cook to secure the services of the 33-year-old.

Many are expecting the Fratton Park outfit to be among the front runners in Sky Bet League 2 during 2015/16, and that's something Doyle believes the squad should set their sights on.

“I’m happy that it’s all done,” he told the club's official website. “Now I want to crack on and try to help this club move back up through the divisions again.

“This is a massive club and if you achieve something here then you’ll always be remembered.

“I’m looking forward to playing in front of large and passionate crowds. It certainly whets the appetite.

“There’s a lot of pressure when you’re at a big side and I’m sure it will be no different here, but that’s something I enjoy.

“People will make us favourites to win promotion, so we need to make sure we can live up to those expectations.

“The club are making the right statements off the pitch and now it’s up to us to do a job on it.”

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