Simon Ferry has paid tribute to the Fratton faithful following his south coast farewell.
The midfielder and his young family’s desire to return to their native Scotland saw him negotiate a release from his Blues contract.
No settlement was paid to the 26-year-old on the ripping up of the deal’s remaining 12 months and he has since fixed himself up with home-town club Dundee.
Ferry became a highly-popular player with supporters during his sole season at Pompey, making 22 appearances during an injury-hampered campaign.
And he has delivered a final message to the fans he bonded with.
Ferry told The News: ‘Pompey is a fantastic club and the fans are something else, I can’t speak highly enough about them.
‘Without doubt they are some of the best I have ever come across in football and I thank them all for the support they have given me and the rest of the players.
‘I have had so many unbelievable good luck messages from them on Twitter since it was announced I was leaving and that has really touched me.
‘It’s something I have really appreciated and once again shows what a class act they are.
‘Unfortunately, personal reasons meant I had to leave Pompey but I loved my time there living in Southsea and playing for the football club.
‘It’s a wonderful club and with Awfs (Andy Awford) as manager and the players there, already I can only see good times ahead for everyone.
‘I wish them all success – those loyal supporters and the great people that work there deserve it.
‘It really is a special club and I’ve absolutely loved being there and having the chance to represent it.’