Tubbs reveals reasons for Pompey move

Matt Tubbs at Pompey's Copnor Road training base yesterday. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150016-2)
Matt Tubbs at Pompey's Copnor Road training base yesterday. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150016-2)

Matt Tubbs revealed he turned down more money to join Pompey and vowed: I’m here to get promoted.

And League Two’s top scorer believes he can achieve that aim this season after completing his move to Fratton Park.

Tubbs turned down a host of sides, including AFC Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers and Southend, to ink a two-and-a-half year deal with the Blues.

The 30-year-old admitted he could have earned more joining Wimbledon, where he has fired 15 goals on loan from Bournemouth this season, on a permanent deal.

But the prospect of being part of Pompey’s rebirth was a greater attraction.

Now the man who came close to arriving in the summer wants to make an instant impact.

Tubbs said: ‘I’m here for promotion.

‘They (Wimbledon) offered a deal that, as a financial package, was better than this deal.

‘But, for me, it’s not about money but trying to progress in my career.

‘In the two-and-a-half years I’m a Portsmouth player, I really feel we can gain promotion.

‘The package Wimbledon come up with, like Neal Ardley said publicly, was an outstanding offer.

‘But I’ve made my decision and I wanted to play my football at Fratton Park.

‘We can get to the play-offs and gain promotion.

‘This league’s unpredictable. You only need to win two or three games on the spin and then you are up there.

‘This squad is capable of doing something.’

Accommodating Tubbs into his team will provide an immediate poser for Andy Awford as Pompey go to Newport County tomorrow.

The Blues boss successfully employed a 4-2-3-1 set-up at Luton in a season of a number of formation changes.

Tubbs, who has been given squad number 14, believes he has the flexibility to be used in a number of roles.

He said: ‘I’d like to think I can play anywhere.

‘At Wimbledon we’ve played a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 when I’ve been wide.

‘I’m an out-and-out striker at the end of the day, though.

‘But if the manager wants me to do a job elsewhere I’d be happy to do that.

‘As a manager you need plan A, B and C. The manager seems to have that here.

‘I have played as the lone striker.

‘At Crawley we played a 4-3-3 and the two wider men were tucking back, while I played as a lone striker.

‘I’m not the biggest guy but I want to work hard and, if I can do that in a one up front, I will. I’d like to think I’m quite versatile.

‘I played off the striker against Liverpool this week for AFC Wimbledon, which I wasn’t too keen about, chasing those players! It was a lot of hard work!

‘But all I want to do is play. Hopefully, Portsmouth and I will be the perfect match.’