Danny Webber waved goodbye to Pompey fans and rued: You never saw the best of me.
The striker thanked Blues supporters for the backing they have given him since he was released by Steve Cotterill.
The Pompey boss chose not to offer the 29-year-old a new deal, with Webber’s agreement at a close following his arrival in 2009.
Webber fought back from a career-threatening knee injury to return to the equation at the end of the season and make eight appearances.
It was not enough to see a deal tabled, however, with Cotterill telling the player he was not wanted on the eve of the final game of the season at Scunthorpe.
Webber revealed he had been inundated with messages from Blues supporters, both throughout his rehabilitation and following the news he wasn’t being retained. The forward thanked fans for their backing but insisted they never got the chance to see his true ability.
Webber said: ‘The fans have shown a lot of support.
‘It’s been nice to know my efforts have been appreciated, no matter how many minutes I’ve spent on the pitch.
‘They have always been a good set of fans and I have appreciated every single message I’ve had.
‘I didn’t get the chance to show what I can do for many reasons.
‘It’s disappointing but that’s life. You just have to get on with it.
‘I know I gave my all in every area and tried to do my best for the club.
‘That’s no matter whether I was playing or whether I was injured and trying to recover.
‘I leave here knowing I gave my all. That’s been the case no matter what the circumstances.’
Despite Cotterill making the call to not retain the former Manchester United trainee, Webber had no resentment for his former boss.
He admitted he had no idea whether he would be kept on or not before the meeting with his manager.
But Webber revealed he has a number of options now open to him – both at home and on the continent.
He said: ‘It could have gone either way. There was no obvious reason as to why I would or wouldn’t get a contract.
‘It was at the manager’s discretion and he made his decision, which I totally respect.
‘I’ve got time for Steve Cotterill still.
‘It’s not like I leave the club with any ill feeling at all. I didn’t really know I was going.
‘Maybe you get a slight feeling but that’s part of life and you move forward.
‘I’ve had quite a few calls, maybe six or seven interested clubs – and a few sniffs abroad as well.
‘I can’t complain with my options. It’s just a case of making sure I take the right one.
‘Hopefully, the right option is presented in the right way from every angle – football and family.
‘I’ll travel anywhere. That’s always been my mentality. I’ll go anywhere to further my career.
‘I travelled 250 miles from Manchester to be down in Portsmouth because I thought it was the right move for me. I still feel I have a lot of offer.’