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Monday 03 Jul 2023
Gavin Whyte signs for Portsmouth

League One side Portsmouth have completed the signing of Northern Ireland star Gavin Whyte following his release by Cardiff City last month.

The 27-year-old’s arrival at Fratton Park means he will be reunited with Pompey head coach John Mousinho, whom he played with during his time at Oxford United.

The winger has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the South Coast club.

“It feels great,” Whyte told the League One club's official website. “It’s been a long few days and weeks talking and I’m glad to get it all done.

“I spoke to John (Mousinho) and he was a big factor. He motivates you as a player, so I think he’ll be the same as a manager.

“I was speaking to Paddy Lane and he’s been texting me over the past few days to ask if everything was done. I also played with Marlon Pack and I know young Terry Devlin from some Northern Ireland training camps."

“As soon as I heard that Pompey were interested in me, I knew that this was a place I wanted to come to,” added Whyte. “It was just a good fit for me and so I couldn’t wait to get the deal done – I want to be at a club that’s up there fighting.

“I’m used to this league and had a really good season when I first came over to England to sign for Oxford.

“I like to think of myself as an old-fashioned tricky winger who works hard and I want to chip in with goals and assists.”

Since moving to professional football in England from Crusaders in 2018, Whyte has gained plenty of experience during his time with Oxford United, Cardiff City and Hull City.

The Belfast native scored on his international debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Israel in 2018 and has since gone on to amass a total of 30 caps for his country, scoring  a total of five goals.