TREVOR CARSON eyed a Fratton Park return as he told Pompey fans: I gave my all for you.
The keeper believes he can return to the city as a Cheltenham player this season with his head high.
Carson this week sealed a move to the Robins on a two-year deal, after his release from Bury.
The 26-year-old was hopeful of a move to the Blues, after making 39 loan appearances last season.
But Andy Awford opted to turn to Paul Jones and Michael Poke for his goalkeeping options.
Now Carson is looking forward to making an impression with Pompey’s League Two rivals.
Awford’s side go to Whaddon Road on December 20, but it’s the return at Fratton Park on March 17 Carson has ringed on his calendar. And he feels he can face Pompey fans safe in the knowledge he was totally committed to them.
He said: ‘I knew if I didn’t get a deal I could sleep easily over how I did at Portsmouth.
‘I gave nothing but 100 per cent.
‘I haven’t really seen the reaction to not signing, but I always got on quite well with the fans. They are special.
‘But I have to move, and I’ve accepted it.
‘I’ve got a new challenge now at Cheltenham. You can’t rely on things in football – you have to move on.
‘It was a great honour to play around 40 games for Portsmouth. I hope I can take my form forward.
‘It’s more important to me now that Cheltenham do well, but I’ll be looking out for Portsmouth.
‘I know we’ve got Portsmouth at home first, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Fratton – that’s for sure.
‘Every team looks forward to going to Fratton Park, though, and that is one I’ll be thinking about.
‘Portsmouth Football Club don’t owe me anything, definitely not. In football, it’s the way it goes.
‘But I feel I gave my all for the club.’
Carson’s form for Pompey was recognised as he picked up four player-of-the-year titles from various Blues supporter groups.
He felt the quality of his displays improved as his time at the club moved on.
The Ulsterman is now looking to continue in the same vein when the campaign begins at his new club.
And he can only see a charge for promotion for the outfit he left at the end of the season.
Carson said: ‘I had a bit of a bumpy start, but I think I was improving.
‘Yes, I made some bad mistakes but what goalkeeper doesn’t?
‘If I didn’t make any I’d be playing in the Premier League.
‘I’m still quite young and I’ve learnt a lot.
‘Hopefully, on a personal note, I can take that form forward into the new season
‘I’ll be looking out for Portsmouth’s results.
‘It’s a great club with a great squad. I can’t see anything other than a promotion push for them.’