Former Pompey star Jermain Defoe has been installed as one of the favourites for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year prize.
The Bournemouth striker is named as a leading choice by most bookmakers, after his friendship with six-year-old Bradley Lowery.
The beloved boy, who hundreds of thousands of people around the world took to their hearts, died from neuroblastoma earlier this month.
Defoe left a training camp with his new squad last week to attend his funeral on Friday.
The 34-year-old is rated the second-favourite at 5-1 with William Hill, and is also included at 9-2 with SkyBet and Betway.
His competition includes world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Wimbledon semi-finalist Johanna Konta, Formula 1 favourite Lewis Hamilton and British 1500m record holder Laura Muir.
Defoe joined Pompey on loan from Spurs in 2008 and moved permanently for the 2008/09 season.
He scored 15 goals in 31 games before rejoining the north London side for the following season.
Tennis world number one Andy Murray won last year’s award after winning a second Wimbledon title.