Former Pompey star Kit Symons made it clear to new loan signing Josh Passley that Pompey were not to be turned down.
The former Blues defender, who formed a famous central-defensive partnership with Andy Awford in the early 1990s, is now Fulham boss.
And he ensured the pacy 20-year-old right-back would have no qualms about making a temporary move to Fratton Park when the approach came in.
Passley has already been on loan at League Two rivals Shrewsbury this term, helping to keep five clean sheets in seven appearances.
He has also played twice for the London outfit in the FA Cup.
And he is in contention to go straight into the Pompey side for the trip to league leaders Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow after Symons’ pep talk.
Passley, who has signed for a month, said: ‘He (Symons) called me and told me Portsmouth were interested in taking me.
‘He gave me a few choice words.
‘He told me about the club’s history, the great fans and that it would be great experience for me.
‘Hopefully, I can do well for the month and then we will see what happens.
‘It’s a big difference in playing first-team football.
‘But I enjoyed my time at Shrewsbury, I felt I did quite well and I will be doing everything I can for Portsmouth.
‘It’s all happened quite quickly but I can’t wait to get going.’