Pompey land Potters pair

Kitson and Lawrence make Fratton Park move

Kitson: Fresh start

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Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence have moved to Portsmouth as part of the deal taking Marc Wilson in the other direction to Stoke City.

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Pompey had already braced themselves for the possible departure of their club captain on transfer deadline day, with interest Wilson's services having mounted over recent weeks.

They were, however, determined to ensure that they benefitted from any deal which was put in place.

They certainly appear to have achieved that target, with two proven Championship performers in Kitson and Lawrence having joined the Fratton Park ranks.

Kitson, who once helped fire Reading to promotion into the Premier League, has penned a three-year contract.

Testing

Lawrence, who has gone up with Sunderland and Stoke in the past, has signed a four-year deal.

Pompey have also received an undisclosed fee from the Potters as part of the agreement taking Wilson to the Britannia Stadium.

It is hoped that the new arrivals can help bring about a reversal in fortune for Steve Cotterill's side, with a slow start suggesting they could be in for a testing season.

Kitson is confident trouble can be avoided this term and insists he is raring to go for his new employers following a frustrating two-year stint with Stoke.

He told the club's official website: "I just want to play football again. You go to some places where it doesn't work and have to cut your losses and move on.

Fresh start

"The deal's been floating about in the media for a week or two, so I was just standing by the phone.

"I'm happy to be at such a fantastic club. I'm excited to be here and it's a fresh start.

"Although in situations like these you always want to be a month down the line when you're settled in and know everyone's name.

"I know a few of the players and (Ibrahima) Sonko's a very good friend of mine.

"But change is good as well and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the lads for training and bedding in."