Patrick Agyemang is banking on his ‘proper fit’ to ensure he starts his maiden League Two campaign with all guns blazing.
The powerhouse striker is relishing the forthcoming campaign after being reinvigorated by his Pompey switch.
His confidence-sapping time at Stevenage Borough was initially ended by a Fratton Park loan move in February – which ran for the remainder of the season.
This summer Agyemang made his stay permanent, penning a two-year deal, to see him spearheading Guy Whittingham’s revamped side.
Never before has the 32-year-old featured in the bottom division.
He has spent the bulk of his career in the Premier League and the Championship.
But he has bounced back from his Stevenage misery to head into the challenge brimming with confidence.
He said: ‘Some clubs it works out for you and it didn’t for me at Stevenage.
‘But I have come into Portsmouth and done well and created and scored goals. It’s a proper fit for me.
‘Everything has worked out well, I am happy and confident playing here and want to keep up that standard in League Two.
‘Last year was my first full season in League One, this will be my first at this level, so it is a little new to me.
‘At this point in my career, though, I just want to play football and play with confidence.
‘It doesn’t concern me what division that is in.
‘This is a new era at this football club.
‘At the end of the season the team did well in League One and now we have signed a lot more players with quality and experience.
‘When I came in we had not won for 18 games.
‘To come into a team like that was hard but it was like we clicked straight away.
‘At times I got standing ovations from the fans and I really appreciated that.
‘Hopefully there will be more this season.’
Pompey’s new-look squad today returned for pre-season – embarking on an initial two days of fitness testing.
Agyemang was among the 17 first-team players joined by five members of the development group.
Full training begins on Monday, when several triallists will also link up with the Blues.
It has been a summer for Agyemang and his team-mates to recuperate.
Now he’s raring to go in League Two.
He added: ‘I’ve been happy getting some time off and relaxation with my family before coming back to start afresh.
‘I wanted to start my training early and that is something I have been doing.
‘All players do, they try to do a little bit sometimes, so when we come back you don’t want the shock of running.
‘The more you do out of pre-season the better you will start the new campaign.’