Following a six-week summer break after the League One play-off semi-final defeat to Sunderland, Kenny Jackett’s troops returned hungry ahead of a renewed promotion bid.
However, Nathan Thompson was not present.
The right-back had shelved contract talks in February, and with the Blues not reaching the Championship, he hoped to fulfil his ambition of playing in the second tier.
Thompson's two-year deal expired and after 77 whole-hearted appearances and the equaliser in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley, James Bolton arrived as his replacement.
But despite the start of the Football League season now only a week away, the former Swindon skipper still remains a free agent.
Thompson’s former Fratton Park team-mates were unaware of his next move during the pre-season training camp in Dublin earlier this month.
That's despite the defender still being a part of in the players’ WhatsApp group at the time.
Meanwhile, there has been no news of him trialling at a club nor his name churned out of the rumour mill.
The 28-year-old was, until last week anyway, still living in the area after being pictured using a Gosport gym.
It still remains what Thompson's next move will be – but we wait with bated breath.