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AFC Bournemouth: Howe wants back-up keepers to challenge Camp
CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has tasked his team of back-up goalkeepers to keep the heat on newly-installed first choice Lee Camp.
Camp last week penned a permanent two-and-a-half year deal at Dean Court following a successful two-month loan spell from West Brom.
The 29-year-old helped bring some stability to the defence after Cherries had used three different goalkeepers in their first 12 Championship games.
Camp was not due to feature against Burton Albion with Ryan Allsop and Darryl Flahavan set to duel for the position during Cherries’ FA Cup campaign.
Allsop is expected to get the nod when the tie is restaged on Tuesday as Flahavan is currently nursing a thumb injury.
And while Camp will become Cherries’ number one, Howe wants Allsop, Flahavan and Benji Buchel to provide strong competition for the shirt.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “Like any other position, you need good players and you need people pushing each other.
“We have a lot of faith in Ryan, we like Darryl very much, although he is injured at the moment, and we see Benji as very much one for the future. We have a good group of goalkeepers. They all get along and work incredibly well together and it would be good to see them push Campy and fight for that spot.”
Camp, who was also understood to be a target for Blackburn, said his decision to sign permanently was made easy by the progression he has seen at the club.
He told the club website: “I can see what the manager is trying to do here and where he wants to go and I believe he will get there. I like the way he plays and the team play attractive football.
“I have also seen how he goes about things and I like it. It is important for me to play for someone I want to play for. He has great staff around him and I have a great relationship with Neil Moss. The manager and the club want to make healthy progress.
"You just have to look at the quality of the squad and the players that have come in since they got promoted.
“There is a project here for both myself and the club and the manager talked to me about the direction the club is going in.
“This has provided me with an opportunity to be around something long term and I can get my head down, set goals and try to achieve them.
“The deal has given me security and I will only get better with it. It ticks every box for me in all aspects of my life and it was a very simple decision in the end.”
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