Experienced loan traveller Jayden Stockley reflected on his Pompey stay.
And the striker pinpointed Fratton Park as his favourite stop-off point in his Bournemouth career so far.
We’d been having discussions over the past month, I wanted to be out playing and there is not much point being out on loan if you are not doing thatJayden Stockley
The 21-year-old has amassed seven loan clubs and 95 matches away from his long-time Dean Court home.
The necessity for first-team experience has taken him to Accrington, Woking, Leyton Orient, Torquay, Cambridge United and Luton, spanning the Football League and non-league.
Yet it’s his six-month spell with the Blues which ranks as the one to have given Stockley the most pleasure.
Following 12 matches and two goals, he effectively returned to Bournemouth on Saturday evening after the expiry of his loan deal.
His period with Paul Cook’s men saw a match-winning goal at Bristol Rovers, a last-gasp leveller in the dramatic 3-3 draw with Morecambe and an assist in the Capital One Cup success over Derby.
However, an ankle injury followed by striking competition cranked up with the arrivals of Caolan Lavery and Marc McNulty on loan ensured Stockley slipped out of the first-team picture.
Regardless, he relished his time with the Blues.
He said: ‘I really enjoyed it at Pompey, it was fantastic, probably my favourite loan.
‘I’ve been out on loan loads too, a total of seven times. There have been a lot!
‘I enjoyed the style of the play, the training, being with the lads and mixing socially with them, and the playing time I got before my injury.
‘I also had a good relationship with Paul Cook and Leam Richardson, I really like them as people.
‘But we’d been having discussions over the past month, I wanted to be out playing and there is not much point being out on loan if you are not doing that.
‘Myself and Paul Cook agreed the injury sort of killed it a bit and it was all left on really good terms. I got on with Paul and his staff very well.
‘I was unlucky to have the ankle injury, things for me seemed to be clicking at the time so it was disappointing, but couldn’t be helped.
‘In training the day after the Bristol Rovers match I twisted my foot and played the Exeter and Yeovil games by taking painkillers, but it got too much and I couldn’t really jump on it.
‘Then Pompey brought in two really good players in McNulty and Lavery so I couldn’t really complain when I came back and the team were playing well, with Conor Chaplin and Adam McGurk there scoring goals as well.
‘I was down the pecking order when I returned, which was frustrating, but that’s how it is. I still really enjoyed my time at Pompey and wish them all the best.’
Stockley missed nine matches through his injury, but upon his return in November played only 15 more minutes and failed to make the Crawley squad.
Now he’s hoping to find another loan home.
He added: ‘I trained at Bournemouth yesterday and am sure I’ll leave this month to go somewhere on loan, but don’t know where yet.
‘I just want to go and play games.’