Portsmouth have signed Shrewsbury Town right-back James Bolton on a free transfer according to BBC Sport.

He has signed a three year contract with Pompey which will begin on the 1st of July once his current contract with Shrewsbury expires.

He has worked his way through the Football League having also plied his trade with Macclesfield, Halifax and Gateshead before joining Shrewsbury Town.

Portsmouth are delighted with their new signing and assistant boss Joe Gallen said: “James is solid, a dependable full-back and a positive character, you need to defend, but also be able to provide service to the attacking players and we believe he can do both.”

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“He was part of a Shrewsbury side that narrowly missed out on promotion, so he’s played at the top end of this division, which is where we expect to be next season.”

Portsmouth were beaten by Sunderland in their Play Off Semi Final last season and will be hoping to push for promotion once again next season and will be thrilled with the new addition to their ranks.

It is no secret that Bolton has been on manager Kenny Jackett’s radar for some time and the management team at Fratton Park believe he can progress with his career and add some much needed solidity to their defence.

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Although Shrewsbury had hoped to keep one of their best players it is thought that Pompey’s vision for success and large fanbase was something which the 24 year old has found too difficult to turn down.

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