Gosport have pulled off a coup by tempting former Pompey striker Steve Claridge out of retirement.
The 45-year-old, who grew up in Titchfield, has joined Privett Park as a player/coach and is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash with Sholing.
Claridge, who had a brief stint as Pompey manager as well as playing spells with the likes of Leicester, Birmingham and Millwall, will continue his role as a pundit for the BBC.
Claridge said: ‘I can’t wait to get started. There’s a great bunch of players there.
‘I’ve never retired and I still think I can do a decent job.’
Gosport manager Alex Pike said: ‘There are not many signings that excite me but when you speak to Steve and realise how fit and professional he still is, he can only be an asset to Gosport Borough.’