Josh Flint grew up watching Pompey from his regular seat in the Fratton End.
So the former season ticket holder and Crookhorn School student is revelling in the chance to play for his beloved Blues.
The teenager made his senior debut in last month’s Leasing.com Trophy clash with Norwich’s under-21 side, featuring alongside fellow academy graduates Joe Hancott and Leon Maloney.
He capped an impressive performance with a goal in the 3-1 victory at Fratton Park on what was a special aftenoon for the versatile midfielder.
Flint said: “I was absolutely buzzing to score and get an assist on my debut – it was a brilliant day for me.
“That number 10 position isn’t somewhere I’ve played regularly, but I thought I did well and we got the win.
"To go from watching the team every week to now actually playing for the club is just a dream come true."
“Being a season ticket holder and having gone to games all my life meant that scoring for Pompey was something I’ve dreamt about.
“I went to Wembley when we won the FA Cup, the Premier League days were great and so was the title win a few years ago.
“So to go from watching the team every week to now actually playing for the club is just a dream come true.”
Flint will hope to be involved again when Pompey complete their Southern Group B fixtures against Oxford at the Kassam Stadium this evening.
He said: “I was in the team against Doncaster under-23s the previous week and it was a great experience to play at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“So it would be nice to be involved against Oxford and have another chance to impress. In that sense it’s a massive competition for me and other young players.”