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AFC Bournemouth: Winger Junior Stanislas completes Cherries switch
CHERRIES new boy Junior Stanislas put the finishing touches to his move to Dean Court before revealing the opportunity to again work with Eddie Howe had been too good to turn down.
Winger Stanislas today agreed terms on a three-year deal and joined the club on a free transfer after rejecting the offer of a new contract with Premier League newcomers Burnley.
News of Cherries’ interest in the 24-year-old – who was signed by Howe from West Ham in August 2011 during his time as Burnley manager – was revealed exclusively by the Daily Echo earlier this week.
Stanislas featured 32 times for the Clarets last season, with a number of appearances coming from the bench, as the east Lancashire outfit won promotion to the Premier League.
Capped by England at under-19, 20 and 21 level, the Londoner admitted a combination of reuniting with Howe and Jason Tindall and a lack of game time at Turf Moor had tipped the balance.
In an interview with the Daily Echo, Stanislas said: “Having worked before with the manager, I have always liked what he has done. I always felt confident and comfortable playing for him so wanted to take the opportunity to come here.
“Leaving Burnley was probably the most difficult decision I have had to make so far alongside leaving West Ham to go to there in the first place.
“But over the course of last season, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked. I know it was a successful season for Burnley as a club but, for me individually, working for Eddie Howe and speaking to him about the ambition this club has, I wanted to be a part of it going forward.
“He is very good at getting the best out of players and will always tell you exactly what he is thinking. He will work with you individually on your game and he cares about people. For me, getting the opportunity to work with him again is good.”
Stanislas, who came off the bench to set up Danny Ings’ equaliser against Cherries at Turf Moor in November, will join Howe’s squad for the start of pre-season training on Saturday and brings to five the number of wingers on the club’s books.
He added: “From playing against them last season and looking at some of their results, you can see it is a good squad and, hopefully, we can build and push it forward.
“Listening and speaking to Eddie and Jason, you can tell this club is an ambitious one and I think the goal and target would have to be getting promoted. I think anything other than that for the club and the personnel wouldn’t really be good enough.
“Having said that, after getting promoted from League One to Championship they had a really good season last season but we have got to be looking to get promoted.
“Everyone wants to play and, if you are happy at being somewhere and not being involved as much, you are probably in the wrong job. Although I know there are no guarantees, I think I have a good chance here and I back myself to play so hopefully I can.”