Cherries: MacDonald signs new long-term contract

NEW DEAL: Shaun MacDonald

NEW DEAL: Shaun MacDonald

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SHAUN MacDonald today committed his future to Cherries and then insisted Eddie Howe’s men could fulfil their Championship ambitions.

Cherries this afternoon confirmed the central midfielder had completed the paperwork on a new long-term deal which will tie him to the club until the summer of 2016.

Welshman MacDonald, whose contract had been set to expire at the end of this season, signed following talks which stretched back to December.

He followed in the footsteps of Marc Pugh and Harry Arter in pledging his allegiance to Cherries since the appointment of boss Howe.

And the 24-year-old highlighted the club’s promotion credentials – and the return of Howe – as influential factors in his decision.

MacDonald, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, told the Daily Echo: “It is a great place to live, the fans have been unbelievable and they deserve a lot of credit.

“Even though I have been out injured, I have still had some brilliant messages from them which have made me want to come back quicker from injury.

“The manager and Jason (Tindall, assistant boss) coming back is a massive factor in me wanting to do well here. With the team we have got, I think we have definitely got the ability and character to match the ambition of wanting to get into the next league.

“I think about all that kind of stuff and everything matches what I want to do, so I have got no reason not to want to stay. I am loving my time here.”

MacDonald has scored four goals in 46 appearances since joining Cherries for £80,000 from Swansea City in August 2011.

The former Wales under-21 captain flourished under Howe before being sidelined by ankle ligament damage, sustained six weeks ago tomorrow.

MacDonald, who is ahead of schedule in his bid to regain full fitness, is aiming to pick up where he left off when he returns to action.

He added: “Coming from Swansea, my hometown club, to Bournemouth, I don’t think things could have gone any better.

“Football reasons were why I came here and I have played quite a lot of games. Hopefully, I can continue to do that.”

  • Cherries development squad members Alex Moth and Ryan Case have joined Wimborne Town on loan, the Magpies this afternoon confirmed.

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3:06pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Bosskom says...

Another bit of good news !
Another bit of good news ! Bosskom
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3:06pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Deejaycee says...

Class act if ever there was one.
Class act if ever there was one. Deejaycee
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3:18pm Fri 25 Jan 13

AFCBNeil says...

Getting a quality player like the Welsh Zidane back will be like a new signing.

UTCIAD
Getting a quality player like the Welsh Zidane back will be like a new signing. UTCIAD AFCBNeil
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3:37pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

This is just more excellent news... UTCIAD
This is just more excellent news... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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3:42pm Fri 25 Jan 13

seuthsayer says...

...another brick in the foundations that Eddie And Jason are building alongside the recruitment of younsters Fraser and Allsop. Good Times!
...another brick in the foundations that Eddie And Jason are building alongside the recruitment of younsters Fraser and Allsop. Good Times! seuthsayer
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4:12pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

It's good to see key players signing long term contracts as Eddie and Jason build their team , add to that the quality of the players being brought in, so encouraging. Critical home games coming up too - Crewe are on a good run of form , then tw six pointers against MK Dons and Sheffield United with a Derby match inbetween all looking like sell outs too. Games likely to determine our Season.
It's good to see key players signing long term contracts as Eddie and Jason build their team , add to that the quality of the players being brought in, so encouraging. Critical home games coming up too - Crewe are on a good run of form , then tw six pointers against MK Dons and Sheffield United with a Derby match inbetween all looking like sell outs too. Games likely to determine our Season. Square Old Codger
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4:17pm Fri 25 Jan 13

boyerboy says...

Bumped into him yesterday, nice feller, seems pleased when genuine fans want to talk to him, come back soon!
Bumped into him yesterday, nice feller, seems pleased when genuine fans want to talk to him, come back soon! boyerboy
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5:56pm Fri 25 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nice one Shaun, it's good to see you'll be around AFCB for a while.
COYR!!!
Nice one Shaun, it's good to see you'll be around AFCB for a while. COYR!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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8:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

Brilliant news, another class player for us, just hope he stays injury free now,
Brilliant news, another class player for us, just hope he stays injury free now, jakeysredd
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9:42pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Strawbs_78 says...

Great news, such a quality player. Be interesting to see how EH fits mcdonald, o'kane and arter into the same midfield though?
Great news, such a quality player. Be interesting to see how EH fits mcdonald, o'kane and arter into the same midfield though? Strawbs_78
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6:53am Sat 26 Jan 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Best signing of the January window so far! Macca is a class player and we have missed him, it's great news he is recovering well and will hopefully be back faster than originally thought. My lad misses him as he is his favourite player, couldn't have chosen a better player!!
Best signing of the January window so far! Macca is a class player and we have missed him, it's great news he is recovering well and will hopefully be back faster than originally thought. My lad misses him as he is his favourite player, couldn't have chosen a better player!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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