Doncaster Rovers have suffered a blow with winger Kyle Bennett joining Portsmouth on a two-year deal.
Bennett, who impressed at the Keepmoat Stadium last season, was a free agent, but had been offered new terms by Rovers.
But earlier this week Rovers’ manager Paul Dickov admitted that the club were facing a losing battle to keep the 24-year-old, who has become Paul Cook’s first signing at Fratton Park.
Bennett, who confirmed he had turned down offers from higher divisions, said: “(Portsmouth) is a massive club with a great fan base and the manager expressed a desire to bring me here.
“I know he’s very attack-minded – which is good for players like me – so that also helped me make this decision.
“I’ve had a few other offers from the league above, but I certainly don’t see this as a backward step.
“This club are looking to go somewhere and I want to be a part of that.
“I know what it takes to win promotion from this division because I’ve done it before.”