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Gary Roberts delighted to join a 'really big club' after signing for Portsmouth

18 June 2015

Gary Roberts has revealed his delight at signing for what he considers a 'really big club' after making the move from Chesterfield to Portsmouth.

The midfielder has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park, where he will be reunited with former Spireites boss Paul Cook, who took over the south coast club in mid-May.

And 31-year-old Roberts, who has also played in The Football League for Accrington Stanley, Ipswich Town, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town and Swindon Town, has targeted helping Pompey back up the divisions.

“No disrespect to my previous sides, but I haven’t played for a really big club for a few years,” he told

“It doesn’t feel like I’m joining a League 2 club. It reminds me of when I signed for Ipswich earlier in my career – it’s a proper club.

“If I can be a part of getting Pompey back to where they want to be, then it would be a great part of my career.

“I’m not shy to say that I’ve played my best football under this manager and I jumped at the chance to link up with him again.

“He knows me inside out – how I work, how I play. He’s been great for me and it’s a perfect match.

“It’s good to have a manager who trusts you. I wanted to play for the gaffer again and thankfully he brought me here.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get going. We’re back in training soon and it’ll be great to meet the rest of the lads.”

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