After eight years, Pompey Women’s longest-serving player, Katie James, will play her last game for the club this evening.
James joined the Blues back in August 2013, arriving from Reading’s development team.
She arrived as an 18-year-old and worked her way into the first team, making her debut against Coventry in 2014.
Her first goal for the club came against Widbrook in the Hampshire Cup in 2015. She went on to notch 24 goals in 95 appearances.
Renowned for her fine free-kicks, James netted notable set-pieces against Chichester, Gillingham and Oxford at the back end of the 2018/19 season.
The midfielder struck the Blues’ first goal of the 2020/21 campaign against Yeovil, and also scored from the spot in the recent Hampshire Cup final shoot-out, in which a 12th consecutive title was secured by seeing off rivals Southampton.
James said: “Leaving Portsmouth has been a really difficult decision for me and not one I've taken lightly. I've loved every minute of my eight years representing the badge.
"I'm so thankful to the club, the staff, the players and the fans for making the past eight years so enjoyable."
“Every season has posed new challenges and I feel I have really developed as a player since joining in 2013.
“I'm so thankful to the club, the staff, the players and the fans for making the past eight years so enjoyable. Portsmouth will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Head coach Jay Sadler added: “My initial emotion to her departure is sadness, as I’ve built a really strong connection with Katie over the years I’ve been at the club. She’s an endearing character, with top qualities.
“On the pitch, I’ve seen her progress into a winner. She plays with flair and a genuine love for the game and will be sadly missed by everyone connected to the football club.
“Unfortunately, this is part and parcel of the game – players and staff will come and go. But for Katie, her commitment and loyalty to the badge should never be forgotten.
"The club will say goodbye to one of its icons, but for me personally, I’m very fortunate to call her a friend."
Everyone at the club would like to thank Katie for her loyalty and service to the women’s team since 2013.