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AFC Bournemouth: Former Cherries hitman Lewis Grabban reveals exit reasons
LEWIS Grabban has revealed that Neil Adams persuaded him to move to Norwich City by laying out an attacking vision similar to that of Eddie Howe.
Adams, only appointed full-time at the Carrow Road last month following a short stint as caretaker, made Grabban his first signing of summer last week.
The 26-year-old striker, who was Cherries’ top scorer in 2013-14, said Adams’s views on playing style would provide him with the continuity he craved.
Grabban told the Daily Echo: “When I listened to the manager’s philosophy on attacking football, it was a similar to the philosophy at Bournemouth.
“It’s important when a settled player moves on that they don’t go into a team that uses a completely different style, because it just might not work.
“I think Eddie Howe is getting it right and the manager at Norwich has similar philosophies - he wants to play attacking, passing football and dominate possession.
“I liked that aspect of what he wanted to do and the club’s ambitions matched my ambitions to get to the Premier League.
“Bournemouth have got a good chance of getting there, but I do feel that Norwich have a lot of Premier League experience and also experience of getting to the Premier League, so maybe they might edge it on that.
“The opportunity to go to a club of that size was one I didn’t want to turn down.”
Grabban rejected a £1.1million move to Brighton in January before signing a fresh three-and-a-half-year deal at Dean Court, that contract containing a £3million release clause.
The former Rotherham man subsequently went on to break Luther Blissett’s second-flight scoring record for Cherries as he netted 22 goals in the Championship.
His final appearance in the 4-1 home win over Nottingham Forest on April 26 brought the curtain down on a fruitful two-season spell on the south coast, during which he bagged 13 goals in the promotion-earning campaign of 2012-13.
Grabban added: “I enjoyed every moment of my time at Bournemouth. It was a good time in their history and I was glad to be a part of their accomplishments.
“There were a lot of highlights. Winning promotion was special as was setting a club record for the highest second-tier finish.
“Early on last season we got beaten quite heavily by a few teams but by the time we played them for the second time, we were much better.
“The improvement the squad made was a highlight and the general journey over the last two years was great to be a part of.”
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