Jayden Stockley is confident he can bring another dimension to Pompey’s attacking play following his Fratton Park arrival.
Paul Cook’s ninth signing of the summer yesterday landed on a six-month loan deal from Bournemouth.
The 21-year-old has previously seen loan service at six other clubs having emerged through the Dean Court ranks.
Now he has signed up with the Blues, swelling a striking pool which also contains Matt Tubbs, Conor Chaplin and Adam McGurk.
And the youngster believes he can provide something different to Cook’s Pompey plans.
He said: ‘I’m seen as a target man and can play up front as a one or part of a two, whatever the manager wants.
For me it’s about ball to feet and getting involved on the floor, that’s my preferenceJayden Stockley
‘But I am not one dimensional, I like to think I can bring other things to the team and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do.
‘I prefer the ball down rather than being lumped into the air for me to flick on or chase after.
‘For me it’s about ball to feet and getting involved on the floor, that’s my preference.
‘Obviously I’m hoping to get some goals as well and contribute to the team as well as I possibly can.
‘I’ve played against Paul Cook when he was Chesterfield manager and I thought they were hard to come up against, with a difficult formation to handle.
‘Playing the 4-2-3-1 it was about how to track a man, but you don’t really know who to mark.
‘I also had Luton, Stevenage, Crawley and Shrewsbury interested but coming here was a no-brainer and Pompey’s interest has been there for about six weeks.
‘Now I cannot wait to get started.’
Stockley played for both Cambridge United and Luton in League Two last season after leaving Bournemouth in the search for more experience.
He netted two goals in four matches with the U’s, before registering three times in 13 games for Luton towards the end of the campaign.
This summer he signed a fresh one-year deal with Premier League newcomers Bournemouth, yet another loan spell was always a likely outcome.
In total he has scored twice in 22 appearances for the Cherries, albeit starting only the two matches.
Now he finds himself further down the south coast at Fratton Park and yesterday trained with his new team-mates for the very first time.
He added: ‘I had been training with Bournemouth for two weeks, spending time with both the first-team and under-21s.
‘So my fitness is there and yesterday was my first day spent with the Pompey lads. It was hard work but I really enjoyed it.
‘In the morning we did yo-yo fitness tests and running, then in the afternoon 8v8s and keep ball followed by some swimming.
‘It was good.’