Fans were made to wait after teenager Liam Vincent became Pompey’s first signing of the summer at the start of the month – but it was worth it indeed.
Last week, the Blues announced a trio of fresh faces in Clark Robertson, Shaun Williams and Ryan Tunnicliffe.
They all share one thing in common – they’ve come to PO4 on free transfers from the Championship.
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A player who Danny Cowley knows well, having signed him to keep Huddersfield in the Championship in 2020-21. Pompey appear a centre-back short and Stearman would add experience. He has a promotion to the Premier League under his belt with Sheffield United.
The triumvirtate were plying their trade in the second tier last season. Robertson was at Rotherham, Williams represented Millwall and Tunnicliffe featured for Luton.
Robertson and Williams had options to stay in the Championship but opted for Pompey.
Meanwhile, Tunnicliffe had been offered terms to stay at the Hatters yet also decided to drop to League One.
It certainly bodes well for the rest of Danny Cowley’s recruitment during the transfer window.
The winger is a mercurial talent on his day, having helped Luton to League One promotion in 2019. In total, LuaLua scored eight goals in 59 appearances for the Hatters in the Championship before his release. He's the brother of former Fratton favourite Lomana LuaLua and following in his brother's footsteps could tempt.
So what other free agents who were in the second tier last season are also available?
Here’s who could fit the bill for Pompey...
On his day, the Wales international is a class act in the number-10 role. Williams surprisingly left Charlton for Cardiff in January but the move didn't work out. Regular football in League One with Pompey could be attractive.
With James Bolton leaving and Haji Mnoga likely to head out on loan, Pompey have just one right-back in Callum Johnson and need competition. Freeman hasn't played a lot of football recently, featuring only once for Swansea before his exit. However, he could be a decent addition on a free and has represented the Blues on loan previously.
The attacking midfielder has always been highly rated, with Arsene Wenger pushing for Arsenal to sign him as a youngster. Crowley made 23 outings on loan at Hull during the second half of last season, which shows he might be willing to drop back down to League One after his Birmingham release.
After missing out on Jayden Stockely, Danny Cowley may still be keen to sign another striker. Although Baldock failed to net for Reading last term before his exit, he plundered 26 goals the last time he was in the third tier.
The winger spent the first half of last season at Hull, where he caught the eye with three goals in 17 games. However, Adelakun played just four times for Bristol City when recalled in January and was released. Pompey may be on the lookout for another wide man after Ryan Williams' exit.
Another experienced centre-half, if that's what Pompey covet. Lees made more than 250 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday before leaving after their relegation from the Championship. The 30-year-old may prefer a stay in the second tier, however.
The midfielder had a highly-impressive loan spell at Coventry when they claimed the League One title in 2019-20. Walsh played only three times for Bristol City last term, though, because of a muscle injury. There is talk of him joining Swansea, though, which might mean moving to Pompey would be fanciful.
Pompey have already signed one released Millwall player this summer - and Ferguson would be a second. The Northern Ireland is blessed with versatility, capbale of playing anywhere down the left.
Pompey fans know all about Bodin's prowess during his days at Bristol Rovers. The forward had a difficult few seasons at Preston before his exit but would be an asset if he could recapture his best form.
Another striker who's available after his Coventry release. The Frenchman netted six goals in 35 games as Coventry consolidated in the Championship last season.
Another player who Danny Cowley knows from his time at Huddersfield. The former England youth international featured 14 times for the Terries last season before his exit. Pompey are in need of a left-back to compete with Lee Brown, with summer arrival Liam Vincent likely to head out on loan.