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Portsmouth agree deal for David Norris

David Norris
Norris started his career at Boston United

Portsmouth have agreed a deal to sign former Ipswich captain David Norris on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old midfielder will become Pompey's first signing since the club was bought by Convers Sports Initiatives earlier this month.

Norris had turned down the offer of a new two-year deal at Portman Road.

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Solent: "David has stayed patient while we waited for the takeover and I'm delighted to have finally got him."

He added: "We missed out on three or four free transfers while we waited for the takeover to be finalised, but David really wanted to come here."

Norris, who scored 11 goals last season, cost Ipswich £2m when they bought him from Plymouth in January 2008.

"He brings good leadership qualities," added Cotterill. "He's been captain of Ipswich, which is a fantastic club, and he also brings goals with him. He's a top lad and we're really looking forward to working with him."

Cotterill has found himself unable to add any permanent signings in recent months, due to the ongoing uncertainty over the club's off-field future.

"It's just nice to sign a player", he added.

"It's been unbelievably difficult over the last 12 months, so to sign a player of David's quality is a real bonus. I'm sure he'll go down well with the Pompey fans."



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