Hermann Hreidarsson readied himself for an emotional Pompey farewell and explained: I wanted to say goodbye.
Hreidarsson will play his final game in English football at Fratton Park tonight as his Icelandic side IBV arrive for a friendly.
The 38-year-old brings the curtain down on a 15-year playing career on these shores as the team he now manages take on the Blues.
Hreidarsson remains one of the most popular Pompey players of recent times after making 123 appearances in five years at the club.
His presence, along with the match being the first fixture since last week’s High Court success for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, will ensure a celebratory mood to the occasion.
Hreidarsson wanted to have the chance to say his farewell to fans properly after an accelerated departure for Coventry last year.
And the defender was keen to lend his support to Pompey’s new owners-in-waiting as they prepare to assume control of their club, with all profits from tonight’s match going to the Trust.
Hreidarsson said: ‘It’s going to be a good night and I’m looking forward to it.
‘It’s a great club and I wanted to show my support and lend a hand.
‘I want to see the club back on its feet as soon as possible.
‘It’s nice to be able to contribute something.
‘We wanted to do something and the famous (Pompey fans’ liaison officer) Johnny Moore and legendary Linvoy Primus sat round and talked about what we could do. We then came up with this as a result.
‘It ended so quickly for me and I went to Coventry, so I never felt I got the chance to say goodbye properly.
‘It’s the place I want to play my last game in English football.
‘It’s good for the Trust to get some money on board and do something positive.’
Hreidarsson is expected to feature alongside ex-Blues keeper David James for IBV tonight – before turning out for Pompey for the final 20 minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, the Blues side is set to include old favourites Svetoslav Todorov, Darren Anderton and Linvoy Primus.
Hreidarsson said: ‘I’m playing on – badly! I’ve trained with the lads and stayed fit.
‘I still enjoy a kickaround – mostly kicking people. If the opportunity arises after I’ve kicked a few in training I’ll play.
‘I called Jamo, said I needed a keeper, asked him to volunteer and he came over as well.
‘It’s a great coup for a club in Iceland to have his quality and experience on board. But we’re both looking forward to the chance to play one more time at Pompey tonight.’
Tickets for tonight’s game are on sale all day from the Fratton Park ticket office. In addition, from 6pm, they will be available from the ticket booth behind the Fratton end.
They are priced £10 for adults, £5 for seniors/young persons and £1 for juniors.