Carl Dickinson insisted his fitness is not an issue despite finding himself in the wilderness at Watford.
And the defender revealed he’s not looking too far down the line when it comes to his future, after agreeing to a second stint at Pompey.
Dickinson has inked a month’s loan at Fratton Park, taking the place of Jordan Obita in Michael Appleton’s 20-man squad following his return to Reading.
The 25-year-old has not made a first-team appearance since the start of September with the Hornets.
But he felt his stamina was at a decent level when making his second Pompey debut at Stevenage last week, when he played the entire 90 minutes.
Dickinson has spoken of his delight at being back at Pompey for a second time after making 39 appearances in the 2010-11 season.
But he’s not yet looking at the prospect of staying longer term than his current agreement.
Dickinson said: ‘There’s a lot of change going on at Watford.
‘I’m not playing as much as I did last season. I want to play football and Portsmouth are giving me that opportunity.
‘I actually felt quite good against Stevenage.
‘I thought I would be struggling with cramp towards the end, but I felt pretty good.
‘I’m here for games and the more match fitness I get the better.
‘I heard about Portsmouth being interested the Friday before I joined.
‘It was a chance I immediately snapped up when it came about.
‘I was delighted to come here.
‘I’m here to keep my head down and play some football.
‘I’m a footballer and I want to play football, wherever that will be will be.
‘I’m here for a month, that’s all I know. I’m going to give it all I can for that time and then see what happens.’
Pompey travel to Sheffield United tonight looking to get back to winning ways after the loss to Stevenage last Tuesday.
That ended a run of five games without defeat in the league, but Dickinson believes a repeat of the second-half showing at the Lamex Stadium will reap a result.
Dickinson said: ‘It’s Sheffield United. It’s a big stadium and a big crowd, but if we play like we did in the second-half against Stevenage I’m sure we can stamp our authority on the game.’
– JORDAN CROSS