Joe Morrell’s time as a Lincoln player was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pompey midfielder was on loan with the Imps from Bristol City throughout the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.
And he certainly made an impression during his time at Sincil Bank, with his performances earning the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ award.
But now Morrell is focused on helping his current side extend their fine run of form and keep climbing the League One standings.
He said: “I’ve got a great fondness for Lincoln, although I only played around 30 games for them because of Covid.
“I feel that they’re quite similar to us in a way, although probably on a slightly smaller scale. Both clubs have passionate fan-bases and are such an important part of the city.
“They’ve got a great manager and set of players, but we’re heading there on a really good run of form.
"I’m sure the manager is remembered fondly by Lincoln because they wouldn’t be where they are without him."
“Winning breeds confidence and we’re performing with a lot more energy and enthusiasm at the moment.
“I’m sure the manager is remembered fondly by Lincoln because they wouldn’t be where they are without him.”
Morrell has recently returned from international duty with Wales, who drew with Belgium to secure a seeded spot in the World Cup play-offs.
He said: “It’s something that I’m kind of getting used to now – which is pretty crazy in itself really. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in some big games for my country.
“I feel comfortable on that stage and have to pinch myself because you’re up against some of the best players in the world.
“As a country, we feel we can go toe-to-toe with anyone – and have proved that over the past few years.
“It always feels me with great pride and now it’s about making that next step and getting to a World Cup. That would be something special.”