Patrick Agyemang has bid goodbye to Fratton Park – but is adamant there will be no farewell to football.
There were few surprises when Pompey announced on Tuesday the departure of the veteran striker by mutual consent.
Having not featured in a squad since the awful FA Cup elimination at Aldershot in November, it has long been apparent the popular figure had no Blues future.
Agyemang made 69 appearances and scored eight times during a Fratton stay which began in February 2013 when Guy Whittingham was caretaker boss.
Turning 35 in September and following a disappointing loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge earlier this season, his career is nearing its natural end.
Yet the powerful front man has absolutely no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.
If I can’t get into the side when it is not doing well then how can I expect to be selected when things are going right?Patrick Agyemang
He told The News: ‘After I came back from Dagenham in January I thought I would try to get my foot back in the door but it didn’t happen.
‘I have been training and there has been no end product for me in terms of matches, no matter how hard I tried.
‘Managers have their opinions on players they want to select and it gets to a point where there is not really much you can do.
‘If you give 100 per cent and it does not work sometimes you have to throw the towel in, give up and move on to something else. There was no point staying until the end of the season.
‘There’s no hard feelings between me and the manager.
‘I had a great time at Pompey and loved my relationship with the fans.
‘It’s time to move on, although I won’t give up playing just yet.
‘My intention is to play this season and I have spoken to a couple of clubs.
‘But failing that I’m looking at next year. I still think I have energy left in my legs.
‘I look at someone like Jamie Cureton, who is older than me and still playing.
‘I have no real injuries, only the aches and pains of getting old.
‘Non-league is an option, dropping to that level would not be a crazy thing and something I would also consider. I still believe I can do a job in football.’
Agyemang’s availability this term was initially hampered by a hamstring pull on the eve of the campaign.
He returned to make 10 appearances, of which three were starts, before slipping out of the first-team frame.
That included a memorable individual performance against Dagenham & Redbridge in September – a 3-0 win which had the Fratton end singing his name.
Aside from his squad absence, Agyemang admits travelling from his family home in Chigwell, Essex, has been a strain, a two-hour trip involving getting up at 4am on a Monday to beat the traffic and be able to attend training.
He would also spend three nights a week at the club’s Port Solent house.
Ultimately, the ex-QPR man felt it best to depart now rather than the season’s end when his two-year deal expired.
He added: ‘It’s a shame. I thought I could add something to the team.
‘However, if I can’t get into the side when it is not doing well then how can I expect to be selected when things are going right?
‘The manager picked Ryan Taylor over me and that is paying off.
‘He has confidence now and is doing really well in a partnership with Matt Tubbs. I cannot have any qualms over that.
‘I can only do what I did in training and don’t believe anyone can question my attitude in training or games.
‘It was a few weeks back when I decided to leave. I didn’t want to let my standards slip – if your mind is not on it, it is hard to get the body to do what you want.
‘I didn’t really go to any Pompey games in the end. It was almost like I was on the outside, although that was probably not the case.
‘I always felt loved by the fans and have appreciated that. I want to thank them.
‘I came in during difficult times for the club, just to get some games and get my confidence back and it ended up being so much more than that.
‘With the fans it felt almost like a family trying to spur us on. That meant a lot.’