AFC Bournemouth: Cherries complete deal for rookie striker Josh O'Hanlon

Bournemouth Echo: NEW BOY: Josh O'Hanlon                                  (picture: Amy Maidment) NEW BOY: Josh O'Hanlon (picture: Amy Maidment)

CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe has described as “one for the future” new signing Josh O’Hanlon and also believes the teenage striker has “real potential”.

O’Hanlon today put the finishing touches to his move from League of Ireland outfit Longford Town when he signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Cherries, subject to international clearance. 

The 18-year-old Dubliner impressed Howe and his staff during a recent trial at Dean Court with Cherries seeing off competition from a host of clubs for his services.

O’Hanlon, who also had a trial with Manchester United, had been tracked by Crystal Palace, Burnley, Reading and Peterborough – with Cherries stumping up around £50,000 to sign him.

He netted seven times in 30 appearances for Longford as they finished runners-up to Athlone Town in Division One of the League of Ireland last season and will join Howe’s first-team squad.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “We had heard good things about Josh so invited him in for a trial. He had been at a couple of other clubs, Manchester United among them, and he came highly recommended to us.

“It is never easy for a young player to step into that environment and it can be quite daunting. But we were pleasantly surprised and he certainly didn’t look out of place.

“He has an eye for goal, he is a big, strong lad and powerfully built. He looked like a player with real potential and you could tell there was a lot development in him, both physically and technically.

“He is someone we have brought in very much for the future. He is not necessarily going to be involved straight away, which he is aware of. But with a lot of hard work and a good attitude, we could have a really good player on our hands in the not too distant future.

“We are excited by him and are looking forward to working with him but don’t want to put too much pressure on him too soon. It is a big jump so we are going to need a bit of patience from everybody.

“He will come in and work with the first team. He will play with the development squad from time to time so he gets the games he needs.

“We will assess how things go. If he does well, further possibilities are open to us depending on how quickly he adapts to life here.

“There has been a real hot-bed of talent coming over from Ireland in recent years and we are hopeful he can be another one.

"In my opinion, there is no limit to what he can achieve, providing he continues along the lines of what we have seen so far.”

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6:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

One for the future, or is he?? I never expected Ryan Fraser to turn in the performances he is, although he was playing SPL before here. But a big welcome to Josh, and it will be very interesting watching him develop... UTCIAD
One for the future, or is he?? I never expected Ryan Fraser to turn in the performances he is, although he was playing SPL before here. But a big welcome to Josh, and it will be very interesting watching him develop... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 8

6:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.
A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Wed 29 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

pete woodley wrote:
A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.
I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider.

I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.[/p][/quote]I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider. I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

8:47pm Wed 29 Jan 14

stjxf12 says...

Cead Mile Failte Josh UTCIAD
Cead Mile Failte Josh UTCIAD stjxf12
  • Score: -1

10:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

horsted says...

welcome Josh, good luck, you have a top manager looking after you, and you are at a great club, the fans will love you
welcome Josh, good luck, you have a top manager looking after you, and you are at a great club, the fans will love you horsted
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

LTFCtillidie says...

well done josh got your big move, you will be missed at longford but all the best for the future
well done josh got your big move, you will be missed at longford but all the best for the future LTFCtillidie
  • Score: 7

11:22pm Wed 29 Jan 14

West moors 1 says...

Sounds like an exciting prospect and I hope we see him soon. Mind you, perhaps we may see an avalanche of goals from Rantie now that he's got his first!!
Sounds like an exciting prospect and I hope we see him soon. Mind you, perhaps we may see an avalanche of goals from Rantie now that he's got his first!! West moors 1
  • Score: 4

11:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

WELCOME to The Deep South Josh, . . . . . enjoy the Birds down at the beach
WELCOME to The Deep South Josh, . . . . . enjoy the Birds down at the beach RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 5

9:09am Thu 30 Jan 14

abc100 says...

Surely it's got to be sticking him on the bench??
Surely it's got to be sticking him on the bench?? abc100
  • Score: 2

10:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

A very effusive assessment of the lad by Eddie, quite unlike him, so the lad must have real potential and talent, am looking forward to seeing him play. If he's 6' 1" at eighteen and with a good physique, when he finishes growing and fills out , will be a real handful. Imagine that should we sign the French player today he will fill the striker spot until the young man is ready.
A very effusive assessment of the lad by Eddie, quite unlike him, so the lad must have real potential and talent, am looking forward to seeing him play. If he's 6' 1" at eighteen and with a good physique, when he finishes growing and fills out , will be a real handful. Imagine that should we sign the French player today he will fill the striker spot until the young man is ready. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Thu 30 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.
I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider.

I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.
Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.[/p][/quote]I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider. I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Thu 30 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.
I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider.

I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.
Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.[/p][/quote]I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider. I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

pete woodley wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.
I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider.

I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.
Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks.
This is what I had said in the other post where you were explaining why people can't go to matches: as follows:


I don't know where you live but if you lived near me I would be more than glad to give you a lift and I am sure that if you have other AFCB supporters near you they might consider giving you a lift to games saving your wife a lot of aggro driving you there and back. The Echo have our details I am sure that they could put you in touch with possible candidates. Food for thought!!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A very good signing maybe,but its a striker NOW thats needed.[/p][/quote]I left a suggestion in your post regarding difficulty getting to games if you haven't read it you may like to I am only offering a suggestion that you may wish to consider. I agree about this signing EH is looking to the future.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but do not know how to read post.thanks.[/p][/quote]This is what I had said in the other post where you were explaining why people can't go to matches: as follows: I don't know where you live but if you lived near me I would be more than glad to give you a lift and I am sure that if you have other AFCB supporters near you they might consider giving you a lift to games saving your wife a lot of aggro driving you there and back. The Echo have our details I am sure that they could put you in touch with possible candidates. Food for thought!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Thu 30 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Thanks,i am thinking it out
Thanks,i am thinking it out pete woodley
  • Score: -1

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