Ricky Holmes has expressed his shock at his whirlwind Pompey exit.
The reigning Blues player of the season has agreed a loan move to Northampton.
Holmes admitted the decision to let him leave had caught him on the hop.
He said: ‘Portsmouth told me I could go out and get some games and it’s come from nowhere really.
‘I was playing every week and then we had a bad FA Cup game against Aldershot and they said they were going to look elsewhere.
‘I was completely surprised to leave. I played 45-odd games last season and I’d become one of the fans’ favourites so when the news comes out I doubt they’ll be happy.’
Holmes has been left out of the past three Blues squads.
Awford said: ‘Ricky is one who isn’t playing at the moment and is out of contract in the summer.
‘He needs to play football.’