ANDRE GREEN has revealed why he had no doubt about joining Pompey.
The Blues’ new attacker turned down interest from a host of Championship clubs to make Fratton Park his home for the campaign, as he agreed a season-long loan from Aston Villa.
Blackburn, Norwich, Ipswich and Bolton were all keen on the 20-year-old, but Pompey were the club who appealed as the move accelerated quickly.
And being a central figure in a promotion bid was a big pull for the highly-touted talent.
Green said: ‘It was nice to know the clubs were interested. It’s nice to feel wanted again.
‘But it’s good to feel I’m going to be part of something here.
‘It was interesting to know those clubs were looking at me, but it was a no-brainer knowing the history of the club and how the fans have stuck by their team.
‘To come to Portsmouth was an easy choice for me. It’s a massive club to be here and it’s exciting.
‘I need to play regular football. I can’t wait for Saturday to come around now and get stuck in. It’s really exciting.
‘The move all happened very quickly. It was done in a day.
‘But it’s nice to know I’m coming to a club who are going to be challenging this season.
‘We’ve started well and after being here for 24 hours you can tell everyone knows what they want this season.’
Green is looking to find his feet after being hindered by hamstring problems last season – and can see himself operating out wide for Pompey before moving towards a role at the heart of Jackett’s starting XI.
He added: ‘I’m going to need a run of games to get my confidence back and be the player I was.
‘When you have an injury like mine and are away from the boys you forget yourself and how you are.
‘The manager’s understanding. It may be hard to fit straight in as a number 10 in a position I haven’t played before.
‘But he spoke to me about where I’ve been on the left my whole career and that’s where I’ve been comfortable.
‘That’s one option but I can play across the front three.
‘I have to prove myself. Perhaps the thinking is for me to play on the left and prove what I’m worth.
‘Then maybe I can go more central, be the heart of the team and create chances.
‘Hopefully I can add extra pace to the team and get into areas where I can cause problems.‘
‘Hopefully I can be an important figure.’