On the 22nd May 2018, Portsmouth announced the signing of Derry City winger Ronan Curtis for an undisclosed fee.
The Irish winger was rumoured with a move to Pompey for some time, with interest from Championship side Reading as well as rejecting a move to Swedish side Ostersunds a year before, the 22-year-old attacker eventually opted for a move to the League One side after an impressive season in the League of Ireland.
In the 2017/18 season Curtis hit five goals for the Irish side in the league and scored for Derry in their Europa League qualifying game against FC Midtjylland, where the Danish side came away 10-2 winners on aggregate.
Top player always gives 100%. Good luck lad
— Daithi (@daithimcc1982) May 22, 2018
Great to see yet another Irish player joining the team#PUP
— Woulfe (@ColonelPeanuts) May 22, 2018
Just work hard and we will love you
— Tom Clark (@Clarkeyboy12345) May 22, 2018
Welcome @RonanCurtis1 prepare yourself to meet the best fans in the world
— Number 8 (@PFC1977) May 22, 2018
Welcome to the greatest club on earth mate
— Alex (@alexr8911) 9 June 2018
Welcome Ronan. Put in your best and you will get the best out of our unbelievable support!
Championship, we’re on our way #playuppompey
— adrian thompson (@adrianthompson7) 9 June 2018
You look to have settled already, hope to see you make the starting 11 week in week out.PUP
— leon stray (@LeonStray) 28 July 2018
Excitement for the winger amongst Portsmouth fans proved to be real, as Curtis has been a revelation for Pompey this season following his summer move.
The Irish international has scored 11 goals and assisted 12 in 34 League One games this season, helping Portsmouth mount a serious challenge for a play-off place come the end of the campaign and featuring in Pompey’s run to the EFL Trophy final against Sunderland this coming weekend.
The London-born attacker has been one of Portsmouth’s best players this season and has been a vital figure in the team that has led to Kenny Jackett’s side being the second most prolific side in League One this season with 68 goals, eight less than current league leaders Luton Town.
Curtis’ signing has proven that there is talent coming through the Irish league this generation, and that League One and Two teams could benefit from picking up promising players from the league if they are on a tight budget and looking for players who want to make a name for themselves in England.
If Portsmouth are promoted this season, fans will celebrate Curtis for his efforts, as well as the transfer committee for finding a diamond in the rough.
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