Rowan Vine joins up at Hawks

Rowan Vine
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Lee Bradbury has called on an old Pompey comrade to boost the Hawks fortunes after bringing in Rowan Vine.

The 32-year-old striker started his career at Fratton Park and was without a club before agreeing to what the Hawks boss has called a ‘casual agreement’.

Bradbury admits he has no idea how long the forward – who once cost Birmingham £2.5m – will stick around as he still has hopes of returning to the Football League.

And although Vine is ineligible for tonight’s Hampshire Senior Cup clash with AFC Bournemouth at Westleigh Park (7.45pm), fellow new recruit Jake Thomson is expected to play.

Bradbury said: ‘I don’t know how long he (Vine) will be with us, to be honest.

‘It could be a week and it could be until the end of the season.

‘It’s a casual agreement at the moment.

‘He is looking to get a league club but it’s an opportunity for him to train with us, keep fit and get some games under his belt.

‘I want to give Jake an opportunity.

‘It’s no secret that he’s got great ability but hasn’t fulfilled it in the past couple of years. He needs to prove to me and everyone else that he can play at a decent level again.

‘It’s another one that could be for a week or the rest of the season, depending on how he does.

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get Rowan signed in time for this game but Jake has signed.’

Vine ended last season playing with Welling United after his departure from Scottish League outfit Greenock Morton.

He has also had spells at Luton, QPR, St Johnstone and Hibernian and numerous loan spells, including Brentford, Hull, Exeter, MK Dons, Colchester and Gillingham.

Thomson, meanwhile, has had a succession of clubs since leaving Southampton in January 2009 including Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Newport County and Lincoln City.

More recently, the 26-year-old appeared for AFC Portchester and Bognor.

Bradbury is also looking for a response from his troops after three straight league defeats and ahead of this weekend’s tricky FA Cup assignment at Larkhall Athletic.

He said: ‘Our standards have not been good enough in recent games.

‘We have got two very tough cup games ahead of us so we need to get back to keeping clean sheets.

‘It is vital that we return to being solid at the back to give us the foundation to go forward.

‘I want us to win the game against Bournemouth and stop the rot.

‘They are a Premier League club and whatever team they field it will contain good players.

‘A lot of their under-21 team play at international level for their countries at some level.’