FLYING winger Ryan Fraser has vowed to curb his enthusiasm in order to avoid burnout and stake his claim for a regular starting berth with Cherries.
The Scotland under-21 international, a £400,000 recruit from hometown club Aberdeen in January 2013, has carved out a reputation for making an impact with his pace during his first full season at Dean Court.
Twenty-year-old Fraser has made 28 Championship appearances, including eight from the substitutes’ bench, with his direct approach also catching the eye on the international stage.
However, while the Wee Man is pleased with his progress this season, he admits he is still tailoring his fitness regime and style of play in an effort to etch his name indelibly on boss Eddie Howe’s team sheet.
Fraser told the Daily Echo: “Over the past couple of months the manager has had me doing extras in the gym, bulking up a bit and doing leg weights and even now I could be a lot fitter.
“I am the sort of player who has to constantly keep on top of my fitness and my game doesn’t always help. I’m going chasing balls about when I should be back in position but it’s something I will learn from.
“Most people know when to have a rest in the game but I don’t, I just keep flying about when I should learn when to get my breath back.
“I need to show a bit more maturity with that kind of thing.
At half-time I sit there thinking ‘this is alright, I’m feeling okay’, but when I look up at the clock and it says only 60 minutes I’m thinking ‘oh my days, I feel like we have played 80’!
“I’m doing a bit more (training) than the other lads so I can keep myself fresh when games go like that.”
Howe last week praised the wideman’s physical development over the course of the season with Fraser keen to utilise that in the final two months.
He added: “I stuttered when I first signed but I have been pleased with how this season has gone.
“Hopefully, next season I can prove I am ready to start every week.”