Date: 23rd May 2018 at 7:20am
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See what I did there? Those of you from a particular era, who, like me, also grew up watching films from a certain actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will realise I was going for Conan the Destroyer when doing a title Ronan the Destroyer.

Anyway, I do digress. So, I think we carry on… The first transfer of the summer has been signed off.

Following much speculation, Pompey kicked off the week by completing the signing of Ronan Curtis from Derry City. Well, a pre-contract agreement has been arranged anyway, which will see the forwards deal triggered on June 9th.

Curtis, 22, was out-of-contract at the Irish club, but his age meant Derry were entitled to compensation, so an undisclosed fee was agreed. The Republic of Ireland U21 international has signed a two-year deal at Fratton Park.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen told “He’s someone we’ve tracked for the past few months. He’s got a lot of pace and power, and is good in the air as well, so we’re really pleased to bring him here.”

I can’t say I know too much about Curtis. However, he gained a lot of interest, by all accounts and the Blues have got him ahead of others, which we’ve got to be happy about, right?

Jamal Lowe has proved an exceptional signing, offering a threat down one side of the pitch, being able to play through the middle too. All being well Curtis can live up to expectation and prove another fine addition to the squad, giving us another attacking threat and solving issues on the left side.

However, where does all of this leave Connor Chaplin? His future has been questioned of late, but nothing was going to happen until Kenny Jackett added to his attacking options. Curtis does this, at least in a wider area. So, could this mean we’ll soon wave goodbye to one of our own?


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