The Main Man?

Last updated : 04 July 2016 By Jim Bonner

Portsmouth have confirmed that Doncaster Rovers striker Curtis Main has signed a two-year deal with the club with an option of a third year if he is a success at Fratton Park.

Out of all of Paul Cook's signings so far this summer, Main's addition to the squad has been met with the most derision from Pompey fans who are still eager to see a forward who is capable of scoring more than twenty goals a season arive at the club and not a player whose record is 24 goals in 180 games. That's a goal every seven-and-a-half games.

The 24-year-old could hardly be called prolific with that kind of tally and Doncaster fans seem to be happy that he has gone and their club has received a transfer fee for him, even if it is paltry.

However, Main has scored goals in the Championshi for Middlesbrough and last season he was loaned by to Oldham by Donny and his four goals helped the Latics stay in League One at his parent club's expense.

Oldham supporters really took to him and said that his workrate and running will win the Pompey fans over and it seems like he will have to do that extra quickly to avoid becoming the "boo boy" this season. We need to give him a chance before writing him off, that's for sure.

Main will be reunited with Michael Smith who he was team-mates with when they were in Darlington's youth squad. It's unlikely that either player will break the twenty goal barrier this season, so Pompey fans will still like to see a prolific striker at Fratton Park.

However, Pompey may already have one. His name is Conor Chaplin. The manager should give the youngster more game time so he can continue to develop his skills rather than leave him to rot on the bench. He is the best finisher at the club and deserves to start more matches this season so hopefully the latest addition to the squad won't harm his chances of regular football too much.

Main is Cook's eighth summer signing and arguably the biggest problem position in the squad has yet to be solved as it still lacks a quality goalkeeper. Danny Hollands is also stalling on a new deal, so he may well see the Fratton Park exit door yet.

And here we all were thinking it would be a relatively quiet summer for a change...