The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Alex Kro­nen­berg

CHRIS­TIAN Burgess is look­ing for­ward to life on the south coast and play­ing his part in the re­ju­ve­na­tion of Portsmouth – and his only aim is pro­mo­tion.

The 23 year-old cen­tre back com­pleted his move from League One side Peterborough ear­lier in the sum­mer, and wants to get back to that level with Pom­pey.

“Our ul­ti­mate aim is to win the league,” he said.“If you’re not there to win it, then what are you there to do?

“Even the teams that have just come up don’t want to just sur­vive, they want to do well and you’ve got to set your sights high.

“I think we’ve got the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to win it this year and pro­mo­tion is the ul­ti­mate goal, for sure.

“The aim of my­self and the other play­ers is that we can get some­thing good go­ing and try and creep our way up (the di­vi­sions).”

He at­tributes his op­ti­mism about the club’s chances of pro­mo­tion this sea­son to the man­ager Paul Cook and the new play­ers the for­mer Ch­ester­field boss has brought in.

“He’s at­tracted some big play­ers which fills you with con­fi­dence and gives you belief.

“Peo­ple aren’t com­ing down to Portsmouth as a re­tire­ment home or to just have a bit of fun on the south coast.

“Peo­ple are com­ing down here be­cause they can see that the club is only go­ing one way and ev­ery­one wants to be part of that.”

The for­mer Mid­dles­brough man is con­fi­dent about the club’s fu­ture prospects and is un­fazed at drop­ping down a di­vi­sion to ply his trade in League Two.

“There’s great en­thu­si­asm sur­round­ing the club. Portsmouth Football Club is huge, it’s a mas­sive club and sticks out like a sore thumb in League Two. It’s a sleep­ing gi­ant down here.

“Ev­ery club is go­ing to want to come to Frat­ton Park and want to beat us, we’re go­ing to be the scalp they want to take.”

UP­BEAT: Chris­tian Burgess

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