Therry Racon thanked Pompey for rescuing him from his Millwall injury nightmare.
The in-form French midfielder has lifted the lid on his woes at The Den as he bids to continue his impressive displays against Stevenage tomorrow.
Racon is revelling playing in the heart of midfield for Guy Whittingham’s side as they look to finish the season on a high.
The 28-year-old has put a torrid time at Millwall behind him after being dogged by a mystery injury.
Racon was sidelined after just 66 minutes into his Lions debut in 2011, following his arrival on a free transfer from Charlton.
And it proved the start of a hugely-testing period, after his injury was incorrectly diagnosed by specialists.
With the problem unclear, the inference that Racon was spending time on the sidelines unnecessarily and unfairly emerged.
It then took a French specialist to spot a problem with the Guadeloupe international’s ankle cartilage.
That paved a way for a return this season, but the saga appears to have put paid to his days at Millwall.
Pompey are benefitting from his talent, however, and, after 12 appearances, Racon has put the dark days behind him.
He said: ‘It was really hard for me. Last season I was out for the whole season.
‘I had an ankle problem. There was a problem with the cartilage.
‘But what the specialists said here (in England) was wrong.
‘At the end of last summer I went to France to see a specialist and he realised the problem. But the specialists here were saying it was other stuff.
‘That was really crazy and frustrating.
‘At the club (Millwall) people were feeling like I let people down. But it wasn’t my fault.
‘I got it sorted in the summer and now it’s good.
‘It was really frustrating, but that is beyond me now – let’s see the future.’
Racon paid tribute to Whittingham for showing faith in him following his arrival at Pompey.
He feels the Blues boss’ patience has allowed him to gain the momentum he now has – in contrast to his time at Millwall.
‘I came back this season at Millwall and was fit,’ said Racon.
‘But I wasn’t given any chance to play, so it was a little bit frustrating.
‘You train well and know you can play well, but nothing happens.
‘I thought I was wasting my time.
‘It was six to eight months without playing on top of a season being injured.
‘That was too much, so when I came here I wasn’t fit.
‘I’d been running on my own and doing stuff but it can’t replace playing games. It’s not the same.
‘So it took time to get where I really should be here.
‘I’m someone who is never happy.
‘I know what I can do and there will be better to come from me yet.
‘Some staff would not be patient with you. But here they are being really patient.
‘I want to reward the manager for all that he has done for me. I hope to do that before the end of the season.’