Storey: I’ll pep up Pompey attack

New Pompey loan signing Miles Storey Picture: Melanie Leininger
New Pompey loan signing Miles Storey Picture: Melanie Leininger

MILES STOREY completed his arrival at Pompey and promised: I’ll make a difference.

Storey sealed his season-long loan at Fratton Park yesterday, as he became Andy Awford’s eighth new summer addition.

It brought a successful end to the protracted pursuit of Swindon’s 20-year-old striker.

Storey is excited about the potential of regular football with the Blues in League Two.

He has six goals to his name in 36 appearances for the Robins.

But that has arrived in a stop-start career for the attacker to date.

Storey has also had to deal with injuries throughout his emergence at the County Ground.

He feels a regular run of games can now see him make an impact for Pompey.

And his blend of direct play and pace can add another dimension to his new side –along with an end product.

Storey said: ‘I’m really glad to be here and can’t wait to get started.

‘I’m quick, direct and I like to get in behind defences and get one-on-one chances.

‘I can play in a range of positions and I like to run at defences.

‘I’m a direct player with pace. That’s what I’m all about.

‘From what I’ve seen so far, the boys are very good footballers.

‘So, hopefully, I can get on the shoulder of defenders and get a few goals.

‘I’ve played a wide range of positions up front and on the wing. I think I can adapt to the way the manager wants to play.

‘I want to play games and build confidence in myself.

‘If you play back-to-back games, naturally, you become more alert and sharp.

‘If I’m more sharp then I’ll be more confident and I think I’ll do well.

‘When I’ve started games and come in I’ve done well.

‘A lot of those appearances have been substitute appearances.

‘I feel confident in myself that if I play I will do well, and I think I will get goals.’

Storey spent last season on loan at Salisbury and Shrewsbury, after battling a hamstring injury.

He’s a player Awford has been aware of for some time, with the Pompey boss placing the midlander on his shortlist of summer targets.

The Blues manager made his desire to bring in the player clear in discussions.

That made a major impact on Storey, with that eagerness a big factor in choosing to join Pompey.

He said: ‘I heard before I went on holiday after the season I was wanted.

‘Swindon said there was a bit of interest. It makes a difference.

‘Obviously, Portsmouth are an attractive club. But as soon as I saw the gaffer (Awford), he said he rates me and told me where he sees me playing.

‘That gave me a bit of confidence before I came here and, hopefully, I can repay the faith he has shown in me.’