Done and dusted - new two year Evans deal
And then there were two. Gareth Evans has followed in the footsteps of Kyle Bennett - who penned a three year deal this week - by signing a new contract at Pompey.
Signed from Fleetwood in 2015, Evans would have been out-of-contract next month but he's now signed a new two year deal to remain at Fratton Park.
Having made it perfectly clear in the past, there's never been a doubt in the mind of Evans that he wanted to sign this new contract so he was 'delighted to get this deal over the line.'
Evans told portsmouthfc.co.uk: 'I've been desperate to sign a new contract since the end of the season, so I'm delighted to get this deal over the line. It was a great campaign for the club and, without doubt, we deserved to be champions. I certainly didn't play against a better team. By any standard, it was an impressive finish. There were parts of the season when things didn't go quite right, but we got it right at the perfect time and then never took our foot off the gas.'
Where will Evans play next season? A return to midfield is where many might think we'll see the best of him but as long as he's playing he'll happily play at right back once again.
Adding: 'I've told the manager that if he wants me to continue at right-back then I'm happy. As long as I'm in a Pompey shirt, I'm not bothered what position I play.'
Now Evans, 29, will look to add to his 93 appearances for Pompey, scoring 16 goals. Doing this at League One level is something the former Manchester United trainee is sure we'll be well suited too, playing teams that aren't going to 'park the bus.'
Evans said: 'I've been saying for the past two years that we are definitely better suited to League One. Rather than have teams coming here and be happy to park the bus, we'll be facing sides with more ambition. They'll want to give us a proper game of football.'
This is really good news for Pompey, so far being able to tie down two out of three players to new deals - those revealed anyway - isn't bad going as Michael Doyle's departure for Coventry, as unexpected as it might have been, probably isn't going to prove as costly as losing Bennett and/or Evans would? Losing Enda Stevens to Sheffield United (?) will be a blow though, but what can you do.
It'll be interesting to see if Evans reverts to right midfield or stays at right back? Ironically enough had he stayed in midfield he probably wouldn't have signed this new contract as might not have played as much as he had last season? Admittedly I'm concerned about the better clubs in League One finding Evans out defensively if Paul Cook does keeps him in at right back.
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