The countdown to next week’s transfer deadline is gathering pace.
It’s an occasion which makes Pompey fans smile and shudder in equal measure.
There were the years when the likes of Glen Johnson arrived in dramatic deadline day swoops.
And Jermain Defoe turning up at Fratton Park under the cover of darkness in 2008 while Benjani fell asleep in an airport instead of flying up to sign for Manchester City, will go down in window folklore.
But it’s also an occasion, with our 20-20 hindsight specs on, which we now know did much to send Pompey hurtling into the abyss.
The name Tal Ben Haim will forever be a symbol of the financial recklessness which took place at PO4.
His arrival on a four-year contract worth £36,000-a-week in 2009 was a deal which saw the club to the brink of liquidation.
The moves to bring in Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence a year later were hailed as pieces of transfer market wizardry.
Stupidity was more suitable, as chief executive David Lampitt gave the green light for agreements worth just shy of £20,000-a-week each with the club in administration.
Our old friend, and convicted fraudster, Daniel Azougy’s presence at the start of 2010 is enough to make the blood boil.
Azougy was the man who negotiated Younes Kaboul’s move to Spurs, with the proceeds later revealed in court to have been siphoned out of the club by Balram Chainrai.
The man who served a five-month prison term in 2001 also did the deal which led to Pompey paying Spurs £1m as Asmir Begovic left in tears to join Stoke.
At least we got to welcome one of the Pompey good guys on deadline day 12 months ago, as Johnny Ertl joined on a one-month deal he would be accustomed to signing as the season wore on.
Of course, this year’s window is about as relevant to Guy Whittingham as Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid.
Whittingham is not in the market for players who command fees.
He is more likely to focus on completing some more modest, but nonetheless necessary, pieces of business.
Shaun Cooper’s presence at the University of Portsmouth last week told you about where the focus is likely to be on one front.
With the former Blues trainee unattached at present, the transfer window is of no consequence for him. Deciding what the future is for Bondz N’Gala, who is nearing the end of his month-long agreement, is another issue which needs attention.
N’Gala has done enough in his appearances so far to show his brutish presence and committed attitude is worth keeping around.
One or two rumblings about deficiencies in his game have not materialised so far.
So, the feeling is he deserves a further opportunity to prove his worth, with a longer deal allowing him the chance to settle and concentrate on his game rather than his future.
Whittingham, jokingly, has adopted the Harry Redknapp approach when talking targets.
‘It’s two more – and every time I’m asked it goes up one,’ he smiled when quizzed on the matter last week.
There is a grain of seriousness to the sentiment, however, with it his job as manager to attempt to loosen the purse strings within reason.
But the days of deadline drama are long gone around these parts.
So Pompey fans can rest easy as Jim White is whipping himself into a frenzy with the witching hour approaching on Sky Sports next Monday.
And that is no bad thing.