Roberts Signs For Pompey

Last updated : 17 June 2015 By Jim Bonner

After one of the most boring and tedious transfer sagas for a few years, Gary Roberts has officially joined Portsmouth on a three-year-deal from Chesterfield.

The fee paid to the Spireites is undisclosed but the rumours are anywhere between £50,000 and £75,000 whilst there are bound to be clauses for extra payments based on appearances and promotions etc.

There may be a few eyebrows raised at giving a 31-year-old a long deal but Roberts is undoubtedly a quality player having been regarded as the best player in League Two when Chesterfield were champions of the fourth tier last year.

Predominantly a winger, Roberts may well be utilised as more of an attacking midfielder to sit just behind a lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Paul Cook tends to favour. 20 goals in 89 games isn't a bad return for a midfielder but his biggest strength is his ability to create chances and give defenders a hard time.

The only negative to this signing is that Roberts is a tad injury prone and his age may see him get injured more often, but he's still a fantastic addition to the squad.

Unfortunately, Roberts' former team-mate Jimmy Ryan won't be joining him on the South Coast as he has decided to sign for Fleetwood Town instead.

But Cook is beginning to build a team which looks like it'll go places this season.