Paul Cook: Kyle Bennett will be first of many for Pompey

Kyle Bennett in action for Doncaster

Kyle Bennett in action for Doncaster

  • Bennett marks first summer playing arrival at Fratton Park
  • Midfielder made 131 appearances and scored 16 goals for Doncaster
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Paul Cook toasted the first signing of his Pompey career and insisted: There will be more on the way.

Kyle Bennett yesterday completed his anticipated Fratton Park arrival by penning a two-year deal.

With Kyle, I do feel with the right development he can go on and do better things in the game and that is something we are looking to help him achieve here

Paul Cook

The left-sided midfielder opted to turn down a new deal from Doncaster Rovers to drop into League Two and help spearhead the Blues’ attempted resurgence.

It’s the culmination of a hectic week for Cook, who on Monday released nine players and dismissed four coaching staff.

Now Bennett is the first of his recruits in place for what Pompey’s boss has already branded as a push for promotion.

And he is hoping more will follow as he maintains his overhaul of a squad which finished 16th in League Two.

Cook said: ‘Kyle is a fantastic signing, a very exciting player who is a good age and can score goals.

‘This is the first of what we hope are many exciting signings for the club and we’re working hard to make sure others also happen.

‘With Kyle, I do feel with the right development he can go on and do better things in the game and that is something we are looking to help him achieve here.

‘There were plenty of clubs after him, some of those provided higher financial offers, but we managed to bring him here and we are delighted.

‘He can play as any one of the three players behind the front man, with us looking to play a 4-2-3-1, as well as a 4-4-2 at times.

‘Kyle is one those players who can come in off the line and we think can cause opposing teams trouble.’

Chesterfield’s out-of-contract midfielder Jimmy Ryan and ex-Doncaster loanee Enda Stevens have also been linked with a Pompey switch.