AFC Bournemouth: Goalkeeper Flahavan determined to regain his place

UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Keeper Darryl Flahavan

UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Keeper Darryl Flahavan

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

DETERMINED Darryl Flahavan insists he is “definitely up for the challenge” as he bids to fight for his Cherries place and earn a new Dean Court contract.

The experienced goalkeeper, who has been plagued by injuries this season, has made just one Championship appearance during the current campaign.

Flahavan, 35, impressed as a substitute for the red-carded Ryan Allsop at Leeds but sustained a thigh problem when he looked set for a run in Eddie Howe’s team.

Boss Howe recently tasked his back-up stoppers, headed by Allsop and Flahavan, to keep the pressure on first-choice keeper Lee Camp.

And although Flahavan hailed the performances of Camp since his arrival at the club, he said he was desperate to battle for the position as he attempted to win a new deal with Cherries.

Former Southend star Flahavan, whose current contract expires in June, told the Daily Echo: “First and foremost, I need to get myself fit, which won’t be too far down the line. I will try to work hard to try to convince the manager for another contract.

“You never know what can happen in football. You have one eye on that (contract situation) but my main focus is to get myself back in training and to a level I know I can get myself to.”

Asked about the quest for first-team football, Flahavan said: “First of all, I think Campy has been great since he came in. I have really enjoyed working with him and we have got on really well.

“There is a great environment with the goalkeepers. I think we have been lucky that the goalkeepers who have come in have all been good lads and really good to work with.

“Secondly, I am definitely up for the challenge. I will get myself sharp and fit and I will try my best, like I always have done.”

Flahavan, who has played more than 400 games during a distinguished career, has made 49 appearances since joining Cherries in summer 2011. But he has endured a tough time with injuries during his spell at Dean Court.

“The timing of all the injuries has been horrendous,” added Flahavan. “Especially after the Leeds game, I felt good and I was hoping to get a run but my thigh put me out.

“I got myself back into training and, a month or so ago, I injured my thumb. This one has been hard to take. It got me down to start with but I am trying to be as positive as I can. I have recovered as quickly as I possibly could.

“That is the way I have to look at it and, hopefully in the next few weeks, I can join in with the lads, get some training and get some sharpness under my belt.”

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8:18am Tue 11 Feb 14

afcbcasuals says...

He's another player not good enough for the championship but expects to draw a good wage the club should off load these players to clubs in a lower division
He's another player not good enough for the championship but expects to draw a good wage the club should off load these players to clubs in a lower division afcbcasuals
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8:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

ianbthomson says...

afcbcasuals wrote:
He's another player not good enough for the championship but expects to draw a good wage the club should off load these players to clubs in a lower division
I do tend to agree and his injury record with us is not good at all. Best thing for us would be to release him in June
[quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: He's another player not good enough for the championship but expects to draw a good wage the club should off load these players to clubs in a lower division[/p][/quote]I do tend to agree and his injury record with us is not good at all. Best thing for us would be to release him in June ianbthomson
  • Score: 1

9:36am Tue 11 Feb 14

afcb-mark says...

So long as Camp stays injury free the other two keepers don't have a chance of taking his place in goal. Camp is class, FLahaven and Allsop are very average.
So long as Camp stays injury free the other two keepers don't have a chance of taking his place in goal. Camp is class, FLahaven and Allsop are very average. afcb-mark
  • Score: -1

10:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

doccox says...

Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs
Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs doccox
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1:04pm Tue 11 Feb 14

afcb72 says...

I think it is time to say goodbye Flav...
I think it is time to say goodbye Flav... afcb72
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2:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

abc100 says...

doccox wrote:
Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs
I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future
[quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs[/p][/quote]I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future abc100
  • Score: 5

6:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Pretty sad really not one encouraging comment for a keeper who though maybe not first choice these days is a good shot-stopper and obviously rated by EH as back-up and good to have on the training ground. Shame that Flavs has never been very popular with the supporters here mostly because of his stature, seems a professional guy to me and was a hero in the L**ds game earlier in the season.
All da best Flavs!
Pretty sad really not one encouraging comment for a keeper who though maybe not first choice these days is a good shot-stopper and obviously rated by EH as back-up and good to have on the training ground. Shame that Flavs has never been very popular with the supporters here mostly because of his stature, seems a professional guy to me and was a hero in the L**ds game earlier in the season. All da best Flavs! TedMacsCherryPants
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6:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

SympatheticSam says...

abc100 wrote:
doccox wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs
I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future
Might HAVE.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs[/p][/quote]I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future[/p][/quote]Might HAVE. SympatheticSam
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7:00am Wed 12 Feb 14

SympatheticSam says...

abc100 wrote:
doccox wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs
I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future
Might HAVE.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs[/p][/quote]I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future[/p][/quote]Might HAVE. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 0

11:34am Wed 12 Feb 14

abc100 says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
abc100 wrote:
doccox wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs
I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future
Might HAVE.
Surely it should be might have
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Allsop especially is not up to championship level .Best thing for him is to go on loan to div one side to gain playing time and experience which he sorely needs[/p][/quote]I thought Orient might of wanted him on loan as that's where we got him from, but obviously Jalal has gone there instead, Jalal could of sat on the bench for us for the rest of the season and it would of given Allsop some more games as Eddie obviously sees him for the future[/p][/quote]Might HAVE.[/p][/quote]Surely it should be might have abc100
  • Score: 0

11:52am Wed 12 Feb 14

jontee says...

Offload soonest !
Offload soonest ! jontee
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