Championship just gets tougher and tougher

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New Portsmouth signing David Norris has vowed to lead the south coast side's charge back to the promised land - but has warned that it will be an even tougher task than last season.

The 30-year-old opted to move to Fratton Park after rejecting a new contract offer from Ipswich and has set his sights on promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Pompey finished 16th in the Npower Championship last time out, having narrowly avoided disappearing into the ether, but Norris believes they have what it takes to return to the top flight.

"It's going to be one of the toughest Championship years this season," Norris told BBC Radio Solent.

"But we want to be in the play-offs and push for promotion, that's what I've come here to be a part of. We need consistency and team spirit and hopefully it will take us far."


Norris has also paid tribute to Pompey boss Steve Cotterill, who convinced him that a move down south was the perfect way to revitalise his career.

"It was mainly down to the manager to be honest, I spoke to him in January as I was coming out of contract," he added.

"We had a chat and I was impressed by him, I liked him and he sold the club to me and it went from there really.

"This season I'll work hard and give it my all and try and get up and down the pitch and hopefully chip in with a few goals."

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