Hermann Hreidarsson is confident he will prove his fitness to seal a shock Pompey return.
The Fratton hero will today begin training with Michael Appleton's men.
The Blues boss has given the veteran defender an indefinite trial period to show he is capable of playing League One football.
Hreidarsson has been without a club since his contract with Coventry came to an end in the summer. Since then, the 38-year-old has been maintaining his fitness back in Iceland. His agent Olafur Gardarsson claims Hreidarsson has been training with top-flight side IR Reykjavik. He insists the defender has also been topping up his fitness in the gym.
Hreidarsson has offered to play for Pompey for free if he can win a deal. And Gardarsson believes his client has no concerns over impressing Appleton with his fitness. He said: 'Hermann is fit, in fact he is more than fit.'He is just not match fit as he has not played a lot of competitive games recently. 'He wants to play 11 versus 11 and see where that takes him.'I do not think of it as a trial at Portsmouth.
'He wants to come in and play football, there is no question about his fitness. 'He has been training with IR in Iceland and also helped out coaching their kids. 'Hermann has been training in the gym as well to keep himself fit. 'He had a small operation on his shoulder in the summer but his legs are fine. 'It is just that he has been away from football for a little while. 'It will take him only two or three weeks to get match fit. 'He is now 38 but can easily play on.
'Hermann talks to people who are aged 35 and 36 who have quit after their body aches three or four days when a game is over. 'He does not feel anything, though. He is like new.'
Hreidarsson made 123 appearances and scored eight goals during his previous Fratton Park spell. It was a four-and-a-half season stay which saw the Icelandic international establish himself as a firm favourite. But he left in January for Coventry having never made an appearance under Appleton. Unfortunately, injury struck in only his second appearance for the Sky Blues as he damaged his shoulder. He never played again for Coventry and his six-month deal was not extended.
Hreidarsson has now offered his services to Pompey free of charge. With the club still in administration, it is gesture given consideration by Appleton. Pompey's manager will now run the rule over the ex-Charlton and Ipswich man in training. And, according to Gardarsson, Hreidarsson's motivation is purely playing football.
He added: 'He is not in it for the money.'He sees it just for the football. 'Hermann will play for nothing to begin with. 'It is all about him wanting to help Portsmouth become a good football club again.
|Full name||Hermann Hreiðarsson|
|Date of birth||11 July 1974|
|Place of birth||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:46, 31 March 2012 (UTC).|
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:35, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
On 25 May 2007, Hermann exercised a clause in his contract with Charlton which allowed him to leave on a free transfer if they were relegated and signed a two-year deal with fellow Premier League club Portsmouth. On 29 September, Hreiðarsson scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 7–4 Premier League win at home against Reading. He followed that up with another goal the following weekend against Fulham. On 20 April 2008, Hermann was sent off for a professional foul on Darius Vassell at the City of Manchester Stadium against Manchester City, but his season ended well by lifting the FA Cup after a 1–0 victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.
Hermann scored two goals in two games for the second season running in 2009, when he netted with headers against both Liverpool and Manchester City. In December 2009, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory against Burnley. On 27 March 2010, Hermann snapped his achilles tendon in an away match against Tottenham Hotspur and was ruled out for the rest of the season. After the match, Spurs and former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp commented, "The game was soured by Hermann's injury. The lads said they heard it pop." Due to this injury, Hreiðarsson was unable to play in the 2010 FA Cup Final.
After Portsmouth were relegated from the Premier League, it became unknown whether Hermann would stay at the club. However, on 8 October, he signed a new one-year contract. For most of the 2010-11 season, Hermann remained on the bench, as manager Steve Cotterill preferred loan signing Carl Dickinson, but in the latter part of the season, he became first-choice ahead of Dickinson and made his 500th league appearance against Barnsley on 19 February 2011. He signed a new one-year contract with Portsmouth on 8 July.
On 14 January 2012, after a long injury spell and limited playing time, it was announced that Hermann would sign for fellow Championship side Coventry City on a six-month contract. Unfortunately he was injured after only two appearances an could not play for the rest of the season. Hermann was released by Coventry City when his contract ran out at the end of the 2011–12 season. Coincidentally, both Coventry City and Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship that season.
On September 4th 2012 a rumour circulated that Hermann was to offer his services to Portsmouth and play for nothing. On September 5th the rumour was confirmed by Portsmouth's local paper "The News". In an online article Michael Appleton had apparently stated "Hermann will come in and train with us towards the end of the week and we will see where he is from a fitness point of view. He tells me he wants to play for nothing but we will assess him. I am certainly not ruling it out. We will see how his fitness is, like we would do with any triallist". Hermann intended to play in a League 1 match the following Sunday against Crawley Town. The defender's trial officially started on September 6th. Due to his appointment as manager of his hometown club ÍBV, he won't be playing for Portsmouth.