TREVOR CARSON promised he has no axe to grind with Andy Awford.
Carson this week sealed a move to Cheltenham after Pompey turned elsewhere for their keepers this season.
The 26-year-old inked a two-year deal with the Robins after his release from Bury.
He explained he was led to believe a similar deal could be in the offing at Fratton Park.
Carson admitted he would have appreciated some clarity about that scenario as Paul Jones and Michael Poke arrived.
But he underlined he had no hard feelings about the situation – and no issue with Awford.
Carson said: ‘Awfs had meetings with players at the end of the season.
‘In my meeting he said he wanted me to stay but the only thing he was in charge of was the length of contract.
‘He said he was happy to give me a two-year contract.
‘That was the day before the last game of the season.
‘It wasn’t like there was an offer on the table or anything.
‘It would have been nice to be given a phone call when that wasn’t happening.
‘But I understand what it’s like and I’ve got no grudges with anyone.
‘When I see Awfs and the rest of the staff at the club I will want to shake their hands.’
Carson largely impressed in his 39 Pompey appearances after joining from Bury in September.
His form saw him pick up player-of-the-year plaudits in a campaign he explained he will not forget.
Carson said: ‘It was a huge honour to play for such a great club and Portsmouth will always mean an awful lot to me.
‘Not everyone gets a chance to play for such a big club in their careers.’