Rutherford confident Pericard’s arrival will boost Moneys

Vincent Pericard. Picture: Dave Haines
Vincent Pericard. Picture: Dave Haines
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Moneyfields believe they have pulled off a major coup with the arrival of striker Vincent Pericard.

Former Pompey player Pericard is expected to make his debut at Folland Sports on Tuesday night after agreeing to help the Dover Road club out.

Manager Miles Rutherford admits it remains to be seen if his involvement will be long-term or not.

He said: ‘Vincent has agreed to help us out initially while our leading goalscorer Steve Hutchings serves a three-match ban.

‘We were struggling with our limited budget to find someone who could come in and do a job for us.

‘Luckily, a family within our club has close contact with Vincent and they asked him on our behalf whether he would be interested.

‘He has come back with a positive response.

‘After speaking with him he seems a genuine down to earth guy who will fit in well with us.

‘All he wants is somewhere where he can enjoy and have fun playing football.

‘I don’t know how fit he is and we will have to see how things go.

‘He has indicated if he enjoys himself then he might carry on playing.’

The arrival of Pericard will certainly raise a few eyebrows in the Wessex League premier division as Moneyfields continue their push for a top-three finish.

The Cameroon born striker played 49 games for Pompey between 2002 to 2006, scoring 10 goals before spending three years with Stoke City.

He finished his career with spells at Carlisle United and Swindon Town, making in total 166 Football League appearances.

In 2011 to 2012 he made just five appearances for the Hawks.

‘Vincent is involved in a number of activities outside football, including a college course in London,’ said Rutherford.

‘His time is precious and we are pleased that he is prepared to help us out.’

Rutherford’s team, who did not play on Saturday, are in a four-way tussle for the title with Petersfield Town, Winchester City and Blackfield & Langley.

‘Petersfield must be favourites because they are top and have the easiest run in,’ said Rutherford.