It did not come as too much of a surprise when Pompey announced the signing of Charlie Daniels on Saturday.
A move for the left-back had been rumoured for a number of weeks after he decided to depart Shrewsbury.
Now he is officially a Blues player, the 34-year old is looking to help secure promotion to the Championship.
And the former Bournemouth star heard positive reviews from a number of familiar names before deciding to return to the south coast.
Daniels said: “I’m really pleased to be here at a club that’s pushing for promotion and hopefully I can contribute to that. I’m excited to get going.
“I know a lot of other people who have played for Pompey and I’ve been to the ground on numerous occasions – the atmosphere is amazing.
"I’ve got experience of playing a lot of games in different leagues – and I know what it takes to get out of this one."
“I spoke to Asmir Begovic, Matt Ritchie, Brett Pitman and Eddie Howe and every one of them had nothing but good things to say.
“I’ve got experience of playing a lot of games in different leagues – and I know what it takes to get out of this one.
“There’s been success for me in the best division and now I’m coming here to prove myself again. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.
“Any top team will have competition for places, so if Lee (Brown) and I can make each other better, then that improves the whole team.”
Daniels was part of the Cherries side that enjoyed a remarkable climb into the top-flight from the third tier.
He said: “When I got shown around the place, the Premier League was never talked about, but when Eddie Howe took over, everything changed.
“The journey we went on there was unbelievable and now joining a club like this, you never know what’s going to happen.”