His desire to make the most of his talent has taken him to the highest level of the English game.
Others with ability way beyond that possessed by Nyron Nosworthy have fallen by the wayside.
It’s the work ethic. That’s what they appreciateNyron Nosworthy
But 85 appearances in the Premier League are testament to his desire to achieve the maximum with what he’s been given.
It’s the sort of story Pompey fans have always appreciated.
Seeing defenders like Linvoy Primus, Arjan De Zeeuw and, further back, Noel Blake play at the top in their colours were similar triumphs of dedication.
Maybe that’s why the 34-year-old is feeling at home in his new surroundings.
The loanee from Blackpool kickstarted his time at Fratton Park with a powerful and committed man-of-the-match performance against Plymouth on Monday.
Nosworthy put his body on the line with a number of blocks along with important clearances and headers in the 2-1 win.
The man who rose from a humble start as a trainee at Gillingham to gain a move to top-flight football with Sunderland in 2005, explained that he knows what Pompey fans want.
He said: ‘It’s the work ethic. That’s what they appreciate.
‘That’s what they want above anything.
‘If they see you are willing to put everything on the line and tackle and work hard for their team then that’s what they want.
‘They don’t want someone with talent who’s not going to work.
‘That has to come first and foremost.
‘That comes above all.
‘It’s what has allowed me to have a good career.
‘When I started, everyone else had the natural talent.
‘But I had to work on my game a lot.
‘I had to use my enthusiasm, aggression and athleticism to the best of my abilities.
‘Eventually the rest of it, the technical side, I caught up with.’
Nosworthy has five games to enjoy this season, before he has to look towards the future.
He may be in the twilight of his career, but the Londoner is still planning to play on for now.
And the prospect of helping Pompey build solid foundations appeals to him.
Nosworthy said: ‘I just want to let my football do the talking and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.
‘But Sunderland were a yo-yo club. I went there, they went up and haven’t been back down.
‘That was the success of a lot of players who aren’t even in that team now.
‘It was the same at Watford.
‘Now, they are different team but looking strong and could make the Premier League.
‘I’ve always been a part of that – and it would be nice to do that here.
‘If I could help the club to a promotion or silverware, I’d like that.
‘It would be a nice feeling to see the club in a positive light and help put them back on the map.
‘I’ve had a good career and I want to enjoy whatever time I’ve got left.
‘I want to give fans enjoyment.’