Caolan Lavery says desire to go to Euro 2016 led to him pursuing a loan move away from Sheffield Wednesday.
The 22-year-old forward yesterday joined League Two side Portsmouth on loan until January 12.
And he hopes to do enough at Fratton Park to play himself into the plans of Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill after the historic qualification for next summer’s tournament in France.
Lavery has started just two games for the Owls this season, both coming in the early rounds of the Capital One Cup. And in Championship action, he has been named on the bench on just one occasion.
“At the age I am now, I need to be playing games on a regular basis and scoring goals,” Lavery said. “I want to make a name for myself.”
The move reunites him with Pompey boss Paul Cook and assistant Leam Richardson, who signed him on loan last season when in charge of Chesterfield.
He said: “I had offers from other places a lot closer to Sheffield and in higher divisions, but I know Paul and Leam very well.”
“Their ambition is fantastic, as is the way they like football to be played and when you look at the size of this club, I couldn’t really say no.”
Pompey are currently second in League Two having lost just once this term.