DEPARTING Pompey striker Ricky Holmes has paid tribute to the Blues fans.
The winger, who has completed a permanent switch to Northampton, took to Twitter to give his views on the move, and wished the club and its supporters all the very best.
Holmes said: ‘I was reluctant at first to leave a club like Pompey, but you can’t stay somewhere when you’re not wanted by a manager in this short career.
‘I had a great time, none more than picking up player of the season last year. The fans were always great and I played with a great group of players.
‘I wish Pompey all the best in the future and hopefully the club will soon be back where it belongs in the higher divisions. Thanks again.’
The 27-year-old shone during the first month of a loan spell at Sixfields, prompting moves to keep him, and has now signed a two-and-a-half year deal to seal his Fratton Park exit.
He was crowned The News/Sports Mail player of the season last term, as voted by supporters, but fell out of favour with Andy Awford following the FA Cup defeat at Aldershot in November.
The loan spell at Northampton was agreed earlier this month.
Holmes made 62 appearances for Pompey, scoring twice.