AS Pompey launched their new kit, Sunderland ensured the bad feeling between the two clubs would continue a little longer with a late bid to scupper Kenny Jackett’s most recent transfer deal.
Rangers’ Ross McCrorie was already in Portsmouth talking over a 12-month loan deal when Sunderland attempted an eleventh-hour raid to take the 21-year-old to Wearside.
Unfortunately for the Black Cats, McCrorie had already agreed to move to Fratton Park – with the option to make the move permanent next summer.
Pompey faced Sunderland five times last season – including Portsmouth’s penalty win in the Checkatrade Trophy Final – with contempt between both players and fans growing the more they met.
The feelings won’t have been helped by the move to steal McCrorie from under Pompey’s nose, the two sides meeting at the Stadium of Light early in the new season.
However, Pompey got their man, and on a day where a new signing coincided with the launch of a new purple third strip, assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “We’re pleased to bring Ross to the club. He’s a ‘number four’ player in the Tom Naylor mould.
“He’s a strong tackler, a leader and has a really good attitude, with an impressive range of passing.
“Ross adds plenty of attributes to our squad and is a highly-rated player, so we’re grateful that Rangers have left him come south.”