Young Irishman who was the latest to be given the tag of the "new George Best" and signed for Spurs with high hopes for the future. However, he joined at a time of upheaval at the club and when money was being spent on big name stars, thus depriving him of a run in the side.
As early as 14, Gerard's ability was spotted and he turned out for his local side Glenavon in Northern Ireland. They won the Youth League in 1991-92 and by this time he was also in the club's first XI.
A skilful, lithe winger, his pace and trickery on the ball attracted a lot of interest from clubs in England, with Tottenham winning the race for his services in March 1992 after his starring role in a Irish Cup match. His move did not take place until the end of the season, thus allowing him the opportunity to gain an Irish Cup winners medal after Glenavon beat Linfield 2-1 in the final, with McMahon netting the winner from a free-kick.
Shortly after he joined Spurs, manager Terry Venables departed and he was farmed out on loan to Barnet in 1994 before he eventually impressed enough to play his first team debut at the end of the 1994-95 season. The following season saw Gerard play a fair number of games, but he was never a first choice for the manager and his importance to his home country was shown when he was handed his international debut in 1995.
With first team openings limited to the young Irishman, he decided to leave at the end of his contract and following trials for VfB Stuttgart and Udinese, he settled for a move to Stoke City, then of the First Division, to get more frequent first team experience. Lou Macari signed him for £450,000 and used him in the side, but when he was replaced as manager by Brian Little, Gerard found himself sidelined once more.
Another move, this time to Scotland with St. Johnstone, followed in early 1998, but lightning stuck again, with the management changing and his style was not to the liking of the new man in charge. His contract expired and was not renewed.
Macclesfield and Notts. County both were keen to look at the winger, but neither offered terms, so he moved back to his first club in the summer of 2000 and signed a permanent deal after a trial on a short-term contract. He helped the side to promotion and then was made captain, before an injury kept him out of the game for eighteen months. During this time, he became assistant manager at the club and unfortunately, without him on the pistch, they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 2003-04 season.
When he got himself back fit, Gerard took to the field again and he guided the team back to the Premier League via the play-offs, keeping them up as he gave the side some experience.