CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe has outlined his reasons for granting loan moves to defender Miles Addison and striker Matt Tubbs.
Addison has joined League One high-fliers Rotherham until the end of the season, while Tubbs has returned to former club Crawley, initially for a month but with a view to staying until May.
News that both deals were in the offing was revealed exclusively by the Daily Echo last week with the pair completing the paperwork on their respective temporary transfers earlier today.
Addison, who has been named on the bench a number of times this season, has not made an appearance for Cherries since lining up in a 2-2 draw at Bury 13 months ago.
Signed permanently by Paul Groves in July 2012 following a loan spell under Lee Bradbury, the 24-year-old’s debut season at Dean Court was cut short by a persistent foot injury.
Addison, who is midway through a three-year deal having signed from Derby County, was replaced as captain by Tommy Elphick during last season’s promotion campaign.
Tubbs was recalled early from a loan spell at Rotherham where he had netted just once in 21 appearances after joining the Millers at the start of the season.
The 29-year-old former Salisbury star was a big hit during his first stint at Crawley, his 40 goals helping them win promotion to the Football League in 2011.
Verwood-raised Tubbs joined Cherries two years ago for a then-club record fee of around £800,000 and featured mostly from the bench as Howe’s men secured promotion to the Championship.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Howe said: “Miles expressed a wish to play this season. At this stage of his career, and with the injuries he had prior to coming here and while he has been here, he didn’t want to spend any more time on the fringes of the squad.
“When someone makes that request to you, it is only right that you listen. You do what is best for the club but you also have to think of the player and his future.
“He made the decision that when the window had reopened, we would look at his situation. He wants to play and has gone to a good club who are doing well. It is an opportunity for him to get regular football which I think is what he needs.
“Matt had a frustrating spell at Rotherham where he didn’t get the football he had wanted. He wasn’t a regular starter for us last season and had hoped to get regular football.
“Hopefully, he will get that during his time with Crawley, get back to scoring goals and get that buzz of scoring because he has scored wherever he has been in his career.
“I think it is a good move for him at a club where, previously, he did well. Hopefully, that will give him the impetus he needs to hit the ground running.”