Portsmouth's new signing Jason Pearce has vowed to take his second chance at Fratton Park after joining from Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old begun his career at Portsmouth before spells at Bognor Regis and Woking saw him eventually move to Dean Court.

And the defender knows upon his return, he'll have to fight for his place. "I know I'm not going straight into the team, I've got to work hard and prove my worth," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"When I was last here I didn't get to play in the first team, so now I want to prove myself at Championship level.

"I didn't get my opportunity last time but I spoke to Harry Redknapp, who was the Pompey manager then, and he said it would be good for me to go on loan and it turned out to be permanent and I've never looked back," he added.

"Bournemouth have been unbelievable and I can't thank them enough for giving me the opportunity, I hope I've given back to them what they've given to me.

"I will always look out for their results and I will always hold them close to my heart, but now I want to push on and get a place in this Championship team."


 

 

Pearce leaves as the club's first-team captain following four years at Bournemouth where he made 162 appearances.

The centre-back helped guide the Cherries through promotion from Npower League Two, and to the play-offs in Npower League One last season, where a penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield Town cruelly ended their season.

Elsewhere, Portsmouth have been boasted by the news that fellow defender Hermann Hreidarsson has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the coming season.

Pompey chief executive, David Lampitt said: ""We are delighted to have Hermann back for another season. His experience, passion and ability to lead will no doubt continue to benefit the side next season."

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