AFC Bournemouth: No regrets for Tubbs over Cherries move

Bournemouth Echo: STRIKER: Matt Tubbs STRIKER: Matt Tubbs

STRIKER Matt Tubbs put the finishing touches to his loan move to former club Crawley and then insisted he had “no regrets” about joining Cherries.

Tubbs cut short an unsuccessful loan spell at Rotherham to sign a one-month deal with the club he helped fire into the Football League in 2011.

The 29-year-old netted 58 goals in 78 appearances for the Sussex outfit before joining Cherries for a then club record fee of around £800,000 in January 2012.

He scored once for Cherries before being sidelined by a groin injury which needed surgery in April 2012 and made just seven League One starts during last season's promotion campaign.

Tubbs, who found the net just once in 21 games for Rotherham, told the Brighton Argus: “There are no regrets. I am from Bournemouth, it is my hometown club, I supported them as a boy, I played for them as a kid and it was a perfect time in my career to go back.

“I am glad I did. I had such brilliant times at Crawley and such good memories but for me to go back was a good time. They got promoted last season as well which was brilliant.

“As soon as I heard the interest from Crawley, I was keen to get here as soon as possible. It is good to be here and, hopefully, there are exciting times to come.

“I had other options but Crawley is close to my heart and I wanted to come back. I am a confident lad, I am confident in my ability and, with the players they have got, there is no reason why I shouldn't score goals.

“I went to Rotherham to get football and I wasn't getting it. I want to play and I had five months there of not playing.

“Maybe I was a little out of my comfort zone going up there. But I have been here before, I know a lot of the lads, I recognise a lot of faces, the fans have been brilliant to me and now they welcome me back. It is always nice to be wanted.

“There is no point being a professional in this sport unless you are ambitious to go up to the next level. With John Gregory's knowledge of football and the players at the club, there is no reason why we can't look forward to that.”

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12:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ASM says...

good luck to him, I hope he does well. I was shocked when we paid such a big fee for a player we could have had for nothing on many occasions in the past and he is 29 or 30, but he can't be blamed for that!
good luck to him, I hope he does well. I was shocked when we paid such a big fee for a player we could have had for nothing on many occasions in the past and he is 29 or 30, but he can't be blamed for that! ASM
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1:11pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

Wish Matt every success at Crawley. I've always doubted the fee was anything like 800k, it might of been with add on's, but they hardly happened, so well under that figure I'd say. Eddie's had his reasons for not playing Matt, but when he's come on he's often scored, so I always found that a frustration. But Eddie knows best and it's obvious Matt won't be a part of things here... UTCIAD
Wish Matt every success at Crawley. I've always doubted the fee was anything like 800k, it might of been with add on's, but they hardly happened, so well under that figure I'd say. Eddie's had his reasons for not playing Matt, but when he's come on he's often scored, so I always found that a frustration. But Eddie knows best and it's obvious Matt won't be a part of things here... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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1:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

If he manages to regain the level of confidence he had prior to his move to DC im sure the goals will come. Such a shame it didn't really work out for him at Afcb, as he clearly loves the club.
GOOD LUCK MATTY.!!!
If he manages to regain the level of confidence he had prior to his move to DC im sure the goals will come. Such a shame it didn't really work out for him at Afcb, as he clearly loves the club. GOOD LUCK MATTY.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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2:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

smhinto says...

Tubbs is a very nice fellow and could not be faulted for his enthusiasm and committment. No doubt if he plays off of a big fella up front in a 4-4-2
I am sure he will bag a few.
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He was in no way Championship or League One material in my view. The spell at Rotherham probably proved that. But going to Crawley should give him fresh impetus to prove himself as a League One striker b7y playing regularly and I wish him well.
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The trouble is, if the fee was around 800k that we alledgedly paid for him we would probably not even receive a quarter of that if he was sold.
Tubbs is a very nice fellow and could not be faulted for his enthusiasm and committment. No doubt if he plays off of a big fella up front in a 4-4-2 I am sure he will bag a few. . He was in no way Championship or League One material in my view. The spell at Rotherham probably proved that. But going to Crawley should give him fresh impetus to prove himself as a League One striker b7y playing regularly and I wish him well. . The trouble is, if the fee was around 800k that we alledgedly paid for him we would probably not even receive a quarter of that if he was sold. smhinto
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3:34pm Tue 7 Jan 14

horsted says...

good luck Tubbs'y, start knocking them in again and all will be good for you
good luck Tubbs'y, start knocking them in again and all will be good for you horsted
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4:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Solentcherry says...

Wish him well, shame it didn't work out at AFCB, him being a local lad as well.
Lot of money for the club to write off, with very little gained from this, at the time, massive signing.
Also, I'm beginning to think we should have snatched Swindons hand off when they repeatedly offered good money for Wes Thomas. All seems a bit quiet on that front, hope he's not negotiating himself out of a deal !
Wish him well, shame it didn't work out at AFCB, him being a local lad as well. Lot of money for the club to write off, with very little gained from this, at the time, massive signing. Also, I'm beginning to think we should have snatched Swindons hand off when they repeatedly offered good money for Wes Thomas. All seems a bit quiet on that front, hope he's not negotiating himself out of a deal ! Solentcherry
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3:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

pokesdown1 says...

If I was Wes I`d be after a Grand a Goal per week.
If I was Wes I`d be after a Grand a Goal per week. pokesdown1
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