Kusini Yengi certainly wasted no time endearing himself to the Pompey faithful at the start of the season.
The summer signing from Western Sydney Wanderers netted four goals in his first three appearances – and two of those games saw him come on as a late substitute.
Unfortunately, a freak ankle injury in training halted his progress and ensured a frustrating spell on the sidelines.
But Yengi made a cameo appearance from the bench in Saturday’s win over Port Vale and is hoping for another chance to impress when Gillingham visit in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
The Australian striker said: “It’s been a long coming for me and it’s frustrating when you’re sat in the stands, so it was great to be back out on the pitch.
“Obviously it’s nice to see the boys winning games, but you want to be contributing. It’s a blessing to be available again.
"I’d like to get back on the scoresheet and then train hard through the international break before getting out there again."
“Injuries happen in football and I was in good form at the time, scoring goals after just signing for the club.
“It’s obviously quite upsetting and it’s been a long time working in the gym, but that’s all in the past now.
“We’ve now got another game against Gillingham and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some more minutes in that one.
“I’d like to get back on the scoresheet and then train hard through the international break before getting out there again.
“I think it was originally the plan for me to come back for this game, but then there were some injuries and suspensions, so my chance came a bit earlier.
“It was nice to be able to feel the atmosphere on Saturday and what it’s like to play at Fratton Park again. I’m looking forward to another opportunity to do that.”