Former Stevenage defender Ben Chorley has signed an 18 month contract with League Two side Portsmouth, according to Sky Sports.

The 31-year-old was released by Stevenage after being sent off in their 1-0 defeat to Oldham earlier this month and the experienced defender has now formally played for Wimbledon, MK Dons, Tranmere and Leyton Orient.

However the veteran has admitted he is looking forward to working under Portsmouth manager Richie Barker. He told Portsmouth's official website:  "It's great to join Pompey, This is a fantastic football club and I think the only way is up here.

"I've played against the gaffer's former sides and I've always liked the way they went about things, trying to pass the ball out from the back. So I've been interested in playing for one of his teams and when he moved to Pompey that interest grew.

"I've played at Fratton Park before with Wimbledon and Leyton Orient and, as I'm sure many people have said before, it's a magical place when the crowd get going.

"I can promise the fans that I'll do whatever I can to help turn the club's fortunes around so we can start moving up the table.

"I've been around the game for some time and will bring a fair bit of experience to the squad. I've played at Championship and League One level, so feel there is plenty for me to offer."

Chorley joins Pompey as they sit in 21st place in the table, two points above the drop with away games against Morecambe and Wycombe coming up in the next week.

Having now played 26 games and currently sitting a mere six points from the bottom of the League Two table, Barker will know that his side can ill-afford a poor second-half to the season. Chorley will undoubtedly sure up the back-line, but it remains to be seen whether or not his influence will be enough to help Pompey beat the drop.

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