AFC Bournemouth: Howe hails Grabban's decision to stay at Cherries

Bournemouth Echo: POACHER: AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban POACHER: AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban

BOSS Eddie Howe welcomed Lewis Grabban’s decision to stay with Cherries – but acknowledged the striker could court further interest if he kept producing the goods.

Grabban, who had been the subject of a bid from Brighton, rejected their advances in favour of signing an improved three-and-a-half year deal with Cherries.

The 26-year-old penned his new contract ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Watford before scoring and missing penalties during a fractious 1-1 draw.

Grabban, who has netted 11 times for Cherries this season, has been a pivotal figure as Howe’s men have started to find their feet in the second flight following promotion.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “We were really pleased he stayed. Lewis has been a star performer for us this season and you only have to look at the goalscoring charts to know how important he is for us.

"He has led the line really well on his own in recent weeks and his performances have been second to none.

“When the bid came in from Brighton, our hands were tied due to the (release) clause in his contract. But he gave us an opportunity to talk to him after he had spoken to them and we are very thankful he has decided to stay.

“He has conducted himself very well throughout this process. He never closed the door on us and never said he didn’t want to be a Bournemouth player. He acted like a gentleman so, in that respect, I have a lot of time for him.”

Asked whether he feared Grabban’s form could alert other clubs, Howe replied: “If he carries on playing like he is then possibly. I hope that is the case because it would mean he had scored a lot more goals for us.

“I think he is happy here. He is playing regularly, he is scoring goals and I think he has recognised that he has improved dramatically in the past year. He has decided that he sees his future here and that is great news for us and our supporters.”

Grabban, who joined Cherries in a £300,000 move from Rotherham in July 2012, said: “I just decided that my future was best at Bournemouth. I never once said I was 100 per cent leaving.

"It is just how football runs. If someone comes in for talks, you see what they have to say. But I decided to stay here and it was a positive outcome.”

Asked how close he had come to leaving, Grabban replied: “I can’t judge it. There was no closeness. I never said I was going to leave, I just heard what Brighton had to say and decided to stay.

"I am happy here. It is nice to be scoring goals in the Championship and, hopefully, that will continue for a long time.”

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6:57am Mon 20 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Quite agree with all of this and in reality if someone outside of our current employer expressed an interest in us it would be very shallow minded not to at least talk to them. Glad Grabbs has stayed and he got a good reception at DC on Saturday, all's well that ends well, now bring on Boscombe Crescent FC!
Quite agree with all of this and in reality if someone outside of our current employer expressed an interest in us it would be very shallow minded not to at least talk to them. Glad Grabbs has stayed and he got a good reception at DC on Saturday, all's well that ends well, now bring on Boscombe Crescent FC! TedMacsCherryPants

8:29am Mon 20 Jan 14

susi.m says...

Like him or not - Its so nice to hear that he acted in decent way.
Like him or not - Its so nice to hear that he acted in decent way. susi.m

11:25am Mon 20 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

At the end of the day it will mean one less player having to adjust to our style of play. Any replacement would have taken at least three or four games to settle in, a time which EH can ill afford.

On a different track. It was good to see Joe Roach and Carl taking a session of training with the youngsters down at Littledown all weather pitch this morning.
At the end of the day it will mean one less player having to adjust to our style of play. Any replacement would have taken at least three or four games to settle in, a time which EH can ill afford. On a different track. It was good to see Joe Roach and Carl taking a session of training with the youngsters down at Littledown all weather pitch this morning. nonnogeppetto

12:14pm Mon 20 Jan 14

CC C-siders says...

Great to hear about Grabbs attitude - and to see that Eddie has lost his magical touch!
Great to hear about Grabbs attitude - and to see that Eddie has lost his magical touch! CC C-siders

3:38pm Mon 20 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Quite agree with all of this and in reality if someone outside of our current employer expressed an interest in us it would be very shallow minded not to at least talk to them. Glad Grabbs has stayed and he got a good reception at DC on Saturday, all's well that ends well, now bring on Boscombe Crescent FC!
At a time like this it's refreshing to know that Mitchell is no longer involved , he would have smelt the money and sold Grabbs for sure
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Quite agree with all of this and in reality if someone outside of our current employer expressed an interest in us it would be very shallow minded not to at least talk to them. Glad Grabbs has stayed and he got a good reception at DC on Saturday, all's well that ends well, now bring on Boscombe Crescent FC![/p][/quote]At a time like this it's refreshing to know that Mitchell is no longer involved , he would have smelt the money and sold Grabbs for sure cheeriedriteup

5:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Cherryfan says...

Thank goodness he is staying. He is about the only direct front man with a Championship pedegree we have have. I hope Eddie is going to rectify this soon.
Thank goodness he is staying. He is about the only direct front man with a Championship pedegree we have have. I hope Eddie is going to rectify this soon. Cherryfan

1:04am Tue 21 Jan 14

YafcbY says...

I don't understand why some supporters are being critical of him talking to Brighton? Personally very happy he is staying with us, and do believe that a Premier League team will be signing him in summer anyway. If it only takes a million pounds to sign him well we have to realistic!!!
I don't understand why some supporters are being critical of him talking to Brighton? Personally very happy he is staying with us, and do believe that a Premier League team will be signing him in summer anyway. If it only takes a million pounds to sign him well we have to realistic!!! YafcbY

5:21am Tue 21 Jan 14

ASM says...

it's a shame lefondre just doubled in value at the weekend, he was desperate to leave reading to get first team football and he just banged in a hatrick against bolton and suddenly the manager insists he is going nowhere. On the other hand it is great we kept Grabban, Brigton just sold 3 players (I thought Barnes was their best player against us) and can't get any replacements.
Survival is key this season and it's not going to be easy as all the teams below us except bolton won.
Brilliant sign of ambition not selling grabban. Now bring on the mighty liverpoooooooooooooo
oooooooooooooool
it's a shame lefondre just doubled in value at the weekend, he was desperate to leave reading to get first team football and he just banged in a hatrick against bolton and suddenly the manager insists he is going nowhere. On the other hand it is great we kept Grabban, Brigton just sold 3 players (I thought Barnes was their best player against us) and can't get any replacements. Survival is key this season and it's not going to be easy as all the teams below us except bolton won. Brilliant sign of ambition not selling grabban. Now bring on the mighty liverpoooooooooooooo oooooooooooooool ASM

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