Jason Pearce looking to prove his worth at Portsmouth

Jason Pearce
Pearce played 187 games for the Cherries after leaving Pompey in 2007

Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce says he will have to prove himself if he is to gain a first-team place next season.

Pearce, who begun his career at Pompey, re-joined the Championship side from League One club Bournemouth last month.

"I know I'm not going straight into the team, I've got to work hard and prove my worth," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"When I was last here I didn't get to play in the first team, so now I want to prove myself at Championship level," said the 23-year-old.

Pearce joined Bournemouth in August 2007 after one year with the Blues and a short stint with non-league club Woking, and the ex-Cherries skipper said that moving along the south coast was the best decision he ever made.

"I didn't get my opportunity last time but I spoke to Harry Redknapp, who was the Pompey manager then, and he said it would be good for me to go on loan and it turned out to be permanent and I've never looked back," he said.

"Bournemouth have been unbelievable and I can't thank them enough for giving me the opportunity, I hope I've given back to them what they've given to me.

"I will always look out for their results and I will always hold them close to my heart, but now I want to push on and get a place in this Championship team."