Former Portsmouth keeper Luke McGee has today joined League Two promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal.
McGee had been offered a new deal by Pompey boss Kenny Jackett, but he turned that down having made 55 appearances after signing from Spurs in 2017. The 24-year-old came through the youth academy Spurs, but didn’t make a first-team appearance.
Instead, he made a loan move to Peterborough United, where he made his professional debut in 2016/17. he made 44 appearances in total for Peterborough before the move to Pompey. After making 50 appearances in the 2017/18 season, he fell to second choice and struggled for game time.
The Edgeware-born stopper allegedly had offers from the Championship to go in as a number two but has instead chosen Mark Cooper’s side in League Two, with the promise of first-team football.
“I’m delighted to get the deal done and can’t wait to get started and put my roots down,” he said. “I’ve had positive chats with head coach Mark Cooper and Forest Green Rovers are an ambitious club, who meet my objectives.”
Manager Cooper, who saw his side fall away from the top seven last season, added that he beat off other clubs to secure the stopper’s services.
“Luke (McGee) was always our number one target in discussions with Dan Connor (GK Coach) and my staff. He had a good grounding at Tottenham and played at Peterborough and played lots of games for Portsmouth,” said the former Notts County boss.
“He’s 6ft 4ins, makes good saves and more importantly keeps the ball out of the net. He had interest from the Championship to go in as a number two, but wanted to come to us and play.”
Whilst McGee looks forward to the future, some Portsmouth fans have hijacked Forest Green’s social media, not only to wish him well, but also to put the boot in on increasingly unpopular manager Kenny Jackett, as you’ll see below.
Good on him, a good keeper and another player shafted by Kenny jackett! Good luck Luke.
— Rich Kennedy (@Rich03832303) July 15, 2020
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) July 15, 2020
Another player shafted by Jackett after a good first season. All the best Luke
— james (@jamesob94) July 15, 2020
Good luck Luke Mcgee, hope it all goes well and maybe we will see you back at Fratton Park next season. pic.twitter.com/unqNxXdYOK
— Lewis Mouland (@MoulandMou) July 15, 2020
Good signing for yous, was a good keeper in our first season but was edged out in the second. Rumour has it he was fit to play after a wrist injury but the club didn’t want to play/loan him for a year so we wasted him until January 2020 keeping in at the club. Hope he does well.
— Alex PC?? (@BlueArmyAlex) July 15, 2020
He'll do the job for you. Glad he's gone to another genuine and decent club with real fans.
— John Ayling ?????️? (@jpa129) July 15, 2020
Good signing that. Had an impressive season with Pompey but then we signed a class goalie and he was edged out without doing too much wrong.
— Tom Haustead (@TomHaustead) July 15, 2020
Good luck Luke, decent goalkeeper who was unnecessarily frozen out at Pompey without doing much wrong !!!
— Kane Little (@pompeyreject) July 15, 2020