JAKE JERVIS has thanked Pompey for rescuing him from the football wilderness.
And the hitman has promised to repay his new club’s faith in him after the most testing period of his life.
Jervis has vowed to deliver the goals to fire the Blues away from the League Two drop zone.
He has also spoken of his desire to remain at Fratton Park next season after inking a deal until the summer.
Jervis has finally put a nightmare period behind him after a contract wrangle with his former club – Turkish side Elagzispor.
The 22-year-old then had to wait for international clearance before finally being given the green light to feature against Mansfield on Saturday.
Jervis is now set on finding stability at Pompey after a horror spell in his career.
He said: ‘It’s been the toughest time of my life.
‘I’ve had other things happen in my life, which was different. But this, for me personally, has been the toughest.
‘It’s been a tough experience but it’s something which has helped me in a way.
‘Of course I’ve been down. But I’ve had good people around me – my family, girlfriend and friends.
‘They’ve kept me going and definitely helped.
‘It’s frustrating and it is hard to stay motivated at times.
‘You are training but there is nothing at end of the week.
‘So I’m happy that I can get out there, help the team and score some goals now. I was happy to get on the pitch on Saturday.
‘Pompey have been good to me.
‘I want to play games, impress the people here and hopefully get an extension.’
Jervis also lifted the lid on his nightmare period in Turkey.
The former Birmingham man moved to Elazigspor at the start of last year after grabbing a single goal in three loan appearances at Pompey.
Financial problems at the club led to him leaving before a registration issue then left him in limbo.
Jervis is now just pleased to leave those woes behind him and concentrate on playing.
‘It was down to the fact I wasn’t paid for four-plus months by the club,’ said Jervis.
‘So my contract was cancelled.
‘I wrote a letter saying I’d cancelled my contract.
‘But they put the forms through after the window was closed.
‘That killed me because I couldn’t go anywhere and make a move.
‘I thought it would be fine but Fifa said it was a problem.
‘It was supposed to date when I cancelled it but because of that misunderstanding I had to wait.
‘It was a slow process. The first time it took two weeks to sort out.
‘Then, this time, it (international clearance) took eight days to come through.
‘Now it’s done I’m just happy to be playing.’