Ex-Blues striker signs for Hawks

Former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard has joined the Hawks on a short-term deal
Former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard has joined the Hawks on a short-term deal
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The Hawks have signed former Pompey striker Vincent Pericard on a short-term deal.

The Westleigh Park club have brought in the ex-France under-21 international following the departure of top-scorer Wes Fogden to AFC Bournemouth on a three-year contract.

Pericard is expected to go straight into the Hawks side for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet clash at home to Bromley (3pm).

The 28-year-old is a free agent and had been training with Bournemouth. But he has been tempted to play for Shaun Gale’s side as he considers his future options.

Pericard joined Pompey initially on loan from Juventus during the promotion-winning season of 2002-03 and became an important member of Harry Redknapp’s squad, scoring nine goals in 32 appearances that campaign.

The deal then became permanent in time for the club’s first season in the top flight.

But a series of injuries effectively ended Pericard’s Blues career as he was pushed further down the pecking order in his absence.

The powerful striker spent loan spells at Sheffield United and Plymouth before signing for Stoke City after he was released by Pompey in 2006.

He was imprisoned for four months in 2007 for perverting the course of justice after lying about his involvement in a motoring offence, but attempted to rebuild his football career with loan spells at Southampton and Millwall, as well as permanent deals with both Carlisle and Swindon.

Pericard will now get the chance to prove he can rediscover his best at Hawks.