Pompey Sign Tubbs

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 08 January 2015

Pompey have completed the signing of Matt Tubbs today after he cancelled his contract at Bournemouth yesterday.

The 30-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal having spent the first half of the season on loan at AFC Wimbledon where he scored 15 times for the Dons, including a goal at Fratton Park on Boxing Day.

Tubbs began his career as a youth player at Bournemouth but never originally made the grade and moved to his hometown club Salisbury City where he began to score goals on a regular basis.

The striker really began to make a name for himself when he moved to Crawley Town in 2010 as he scored 49 goals in 65 appearances in the Conference and League Two which prompted Bournemouth to re-sign him.

He couldn't quite recreate his prolific form at a higher level and he was loaned to Rotherham and back to Crawley before AFC Wimbledon borrowed him this season.

Tubbs is a natural goalscorer at League Two level but he's not the type of player to create chances for himself. Therefore, unless Andy Awford signs a creative midfielder or a winger who can put decent balls into the box regularly then Tubbs may struggle to reproduce the form he found at Crawley.

Still, on paper, this is a very good signing and Tubbs should play well with either Ryan Taylor or Craig Westcarr beside him.

In other transfer news, Marcus Bean won't be returning to Pompey as he is set to sign a permanent contract with Wycombe Wanderers. There is also a rumour that Oxford winger Alfie Potter could be joining the club next week, although it is only a rumour.

Speaking of rumours, a numpty on Twitter by the name of Tim Pearson "reported" that Pompey were interested in Ched Evans after his move to Oldham fell through today. Thankfully, Mick Williams of the Portsmouth board was quick to quash those "reports" and now Tim is the subject of much abuse on social media for being a lying dinlo.

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