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Former Leeds and Celtic midfielder Michael Doyle has just taken on the biggest challenge of his career at Portsmouth

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Released by Sheffield United, Michael Doyle has signed with Portsmouth.

33-year-old midfielder Michael Doyle has agreed to take on what could be the biggest challenge of his career by signing with Portsmouth.

Now considered somewhat of a veteran, Doyle will be attempting to lift the 2008 FA Cup winners out of their downwards spiral, which saw them finish in 16th place in League Two last season.

Doyle's signing as a free agent was announced by Portsmouth's official website this week, with the midfielder already beginning pre-season training with the club.

Having started his career at Celtic, Doyle has considerable experience at Sheffield United, Coventry City, Leeds United, and even a spell on loan in Denmark.

Each club had their own aspirations and goals, but the situation at Pompey is like no other. Having experienced one of the most rapid falls down the Football League ladder of any club in recent memory, the side are now hoping to reverse the trend and bounce back up to League One.

Doyle told Portsmouth's website he believes he can thrive in the circumstances. He said: "There’s a lot of pressure when you’re at a big side and I’m sure it will be no different here, but that’s something I enjoy.

“People will make us favourites to win promotion, so we need to make sure we can live up to those expectations."

Portsmouth were only relegated from the Premier League in 2010, before dropping out of the Championship in 2012 and League One in 2013.

Under the management of former Chesterfield boss Paul Cook, and with the club owned by fans, the perception is that the only way is up. Adding experienced faces like Doyle is a positive step, but it promises to be far from easy just to take that first step to getting back to where the club so recently were.

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