Date: 14th July 2007 at 12:29am
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Shortly after Sylvain Distin’s arrival Hermann Hreidarsson became the second summer arrival on 25th May – signing a 2-year contract, joining on a free from Charlton.

The Icelander has been in the English game for a decade now, coming in firstly to sign for Palace in the mid to late 90’s.

Transfer fees of almost £9m have seen him with 5 clubs before Pompey, so he has had some pedigree, although he has suffered relegations from the Premiership with 4 of his Premiership sides – Palace, Wimbledon, Ipswich and Charlton.

Harry Redknapp had tried to sign ‘the Herminator’ before, with a move looking likely. But he decided against it and went to Charlton instead.

After his 4th relegation with Charlton at the end of the 2006/07 season Redknapp swooped to take advantage of a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave on a free if they went down.

Hreidarsson has been a consistent performer as a left back mainly, but he has also played as a central defender too, so he will make a good signing – adding strength to the squad and a genuine left back option. And an added bonus he likes getting forward.

PLAY UP POMPEY!