10s Across The Board!

Published: 11/07/2023
Portsmouth Football Club yesterday announced their 10th signing of the Summer Transfer Window. Incredibly, every signing has been a permenant one with zero loan players arriving in PO4 thus far. Credit must go to Rich Hughes for delivering early signings and doing exactly what he said by not relying on the loan market.

So, who have Pompey signed? Well we here at The 1898 wanted to provide you with a brief overview of each signing. If you’d like more in-depth analysis, go to @HancockAnalysis on Twitter and read his truly incredible threads on each signing.

Regan Poole – Lincoln City 

Starting with the most recent, Regan Poole arrived on a free transfer from Lincoln City. A move that has surprised many, as it was widely reported Poole was headed for the Championship (with Sheffield Wednesday being heavily linked).

Formerly of Manchester United, 25-year-old Poole featured in all but one of Lincoln’s league games last season as well as the majority of their cup games resulting in a staggering 56 appearances in one season.

A versatile defender, the Welshman joins on a 2-year deal at Fratton Park.


Gavin Whyte – Cardiff City

27-year-old Gavin Whyte arrives on a free transfer from Cardiff City with a wealth of experience. The winger has featured in the Championship, League One, the Irish Premiership and even qualifying matches for the Europa League and Champions League.

He struggled to break into the Cardiff team last season, making only 16 appearances, but wasn’t short of suitors. The Northern Irish International reportedly turned down the likes of Derby, Bristol Rovers, Charlton and even Championship sides. Excitement and expectations are high for Whyte.



Will Norris – Burnley 

Goalkeeper Will Norris arrives on a free transfer following his release by newly-promoted Burnley.

The 6’4″ ‘keeper spent last season on loan at Play-Off Contenders Peterborough Utd where he made 24 appearances, keeping 11 clean sheets.

He joins Pompey on a three-year deal and was the first players announced. It’s widely expected that he’ll be Pompey’s number 1, assuming he avoids any injuries.



Jack Sparkes – Exeter City 

Jack Sparkes is a 22-year-old left-back that came through the Academy at Exeter City.

Having joined Exeter at 8-years-old, Sparkes went on to make over 150 first team appearances.

Mousinho described Sparkes as “a really versatile left-sided player and has good attacking qualities that complement what we already have in the building”

Sparkes joins on a two-year deal, with the option of an additional year, and appears to spell the end of Denver Hume’s time in PO4.



Ben Stevenson – Forest Green Rovers 

Ben Stevenson is a midfielder that joins from recently-relegated Forest Green Rovers.

Stevenson, 26, actually made his professional debut against Portsmouth for Coventry back in 2016 in a League Cup fixture.

A player that covers all positions in the middle of the park, Mousinho believes that Stevenson has all the attributes that Pompey are looking for and is backing the midfielder to add more goals and assists to his game.



Conor Shaughnessy – Burton Albion 

Conor Shaughnessy, 27, arrives at Fratton Park with over 80 League One appearances under his belt, as well as Championship experience.

The defender was released by Burton Albion last season, having featured in various positions for the club since his arrival in 2021.

Another 2-year deal with the option for a third held by the clun.



Christian Saydee – AFC Bournemouth

Christian Saydee, 21, arrives in PO4 on a free transfer from neighbours AFC Bournemouth.

Saydee, a striker, was actually on trial with Pompey last summer and featured in the match against Havant & Waterlooville. Barry and Joe from the 1898 were impressed, particularly with Saydee’s ball control and strength.

He spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury where he made 35 League One appearances, scoring 7 goals and getting 3 assists.

Described as a powerful and athletic forward that isn’t afraid to run the channels, the exciting young forward arrives at Fratton Park on a 3-year deal.



Kusini Yengi – Western Sydney

Yengi, 24, arrives from Australia where he’s been capped 4 times at U23 level. An exciting forward that shows Pompey are not afraid to look overseas for talent.

Yengi has been described as a “really quick, powerful and physical centre-forward who can run in behind and is also very technical.”

Consistency will be key for Yengi, historically he’s been a form player with incredible highs and frustrating lows. But Pompey will be hopeful that the youngster finds his feet, because on his day he is a truly magnificent player.


Anthony Scully – Wigan Athletic 

One that the Fratton Faithful should, rightfully, be properly excited about. 24-year-old Anthony Scully arrives from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

With 25 goals and 13 assists in his 85 League One appearances, as well as some Championship experience, Scully really looks like he’ll add some firepower to Pompey’s wing.

Coming through the ranks at West Ham Utd, Scully moved to Lincoln City where he scored 37 goals in over 100 appearances.



Terry Devlin – Glentoran

Terry Devlin, 19, arrives from Glentoran and is another example of Rich Hughes looking abroad to bolster the Pompey squad.

Despite being only 19-years-old, Devlin has already made 88 first-team appearances.

A talented attacking midfielder, Devlin has been hailed by Mousinho as having a “very promising future in the game”.

Devlin arrives for an undisclosed fee on a 3-year-deal, with an option for a further year held by the Blues.