JASON Pearce admits he would dearly love to rewrite the final chapter to his Cherries memoirs.

Pearce’s eventful four-year stay at Dean Court came to an inglorious end when he was red carded during their epic League One play-off semi-final at Huddersfield in May.

Coupled with watching on in despair as Lee Bradbury’s men lost a dramatic penalty shootout, it was an ill-deserved swansong for Cherries’ captain courageous.

Pearce had been ever present as Cherries had defied the odds to finish the season in sixth, the defender capping a memorable campaign by regaining the prestigious Micky Cave-Daily Echo supporters’ player-of-the-year award.

But his bid to lead the club to back-to-back promotions for the first time in its history ended in tears when referee Neil Swarbrick sent him packing following a foul on Terriers’ Kevin Kilbane in extra-time.

“I have watched it about 50 times and I still don’t think I should have been sent off,” said Pearce, who left Cherries for Portsmouth just weeks later, starting his career at Fratton Park with a three-match ban.

“I didn’t jump in two footed. I won the ball with one foot and followed round with my left foot. I am a wholehearted player and these things happen. It was just unfortunate it happened when it did.

“I recorded the game and don’t think I will ever get rid of it. It didn’t turn out the way we wanted and was a sad end for me, but it was also a great achievement. It showed the togetherness we had.”

Like many of his contemporaries, Pearce departed for pastures new over the summer, the 23-year-old returning to his first club in pursuit of Championship football. A hefty sell-on, inserted when Pearce had left Pompey for Cherries in July 2007, ensured the deal suited all parties.

At the time, chairman Eddie Mitchell claimed he had been powerless to prevent the exodus. And while the arrival of tycoon Maxim Demin may have come too late for Pearce et al, it seems the Russian revolution is only just starting.

“I think news of the investment came as a big shock to everybody,” said Pearce. “But it could be great for the club. When I was there, they couldn’t really compete with the wages of lots of other clubs and lads had to move on.

“Players will be looking to come to Bournemouth now, rather than leave. The club seems to be on the up and is hungry to achieve success. It is a great club and has got a lot going for it. Bradders has made some really good signings and has assembled a good squad.

“It is going to take a bit of time because there has been a big change in personnel. But if players can see the club is looking to get into the Championship and can be challenging for promotion, they are going to want to be a part of it.

“I wanted to play in the Championship and I think everyone realised that. I don’t think any Bournemouth supporter could ever accuse me of not giving 100 per cent to the club. I gave it everything and it was my time to move on.

“Once Pompey came in, Bournemouth knew it was the move I wanted and Bradders and Eddie Mitchell were great in letting me progress my career. It was something I couldn’t turn down and I am delighted to have made the move.”