RYAN BIRD is ready to answer Pompey’s SOS and fire them to Football League survival.
Bird yesterday responded to Andy Awford’s personal plea to return to Fratton Park, as the Blues’ place in League Two hangs in the balance.
Awford’s first duties as caretaker Blues boss was to recall the in-form striker from Skrill Premier side Cambridge United, and give the green light to the loan signing of Danny Hollands from Charlton.
Bird has been on fire since moving to the U’s, scoring nine goals in 11 starts – including the opener in their FA Trophy final victory against Gosport last Sunday.
The 26-year-old revealed he answered a call from Awford, and is determined to deliver for him.
Bird said: ‘It’s a massive fight for survival.
‘I spoke to Awfs yesterday and he said he wants me back to help us stay in the league.
‘He said there are seven cup finals and my help is needed.
‘I get on well with Awfs and I had no hesitation say yes to him. He is someone you can go and chat to and he will always help you out.
‘He knows I’ve done my job at Cambridge and said it’s needed at Pompey.’
Bird acknowledged he is returning to a club in a perilous position.
He will miss tomorrow’s trip to Newport with a slight groin strain, but explained his confidence is thriving.
‘I didn’t think it would get this bad,’ said Bird.
‘I didn’t want to leave, so I’m glad to be back.
‘I’ve been scoring, I’ve had a good run of games and I’ve got momentum.
‘There has been loads of fans getting in touch with me which I’m really thankful for.
‘I’ve got to work hard, do the right things and hopefully I’ll stick it in the back of net.’