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AFC Bournemouth: Loan star Surman open to extending Cherries stint
SETTLED star Andrew Surman has revealed he would be open to discussing an extension to his Cherries stay.
The 27-year-old, on a season-long loan from Premier League Norwich City, has played a starring role in a revitalised Cherries midfield since the start of December.
Despite starting just three of Cherries’ opening 17 Championship matches, resurgent Surman has made himself a mainstay in the middle of the park, securing a spot in Eddie Howe’s XI for the past 12 league games.
His form alongside anchor man Eunan O’Kane and creative spark Harry Arter has attracted plenty of plaudits from the Dean Court faithful.
The former Southampton man, whose Canaries contract expires at the end of next season, reiterated he has yet to discuss his long-term future with either his parent club or Cherries.
But with his destiny at Carrow Road unclear, Surman refused to rule out the possibility of staying in Dorset should the move suit both parties.
Surman told the Daily Echo: “Having signed on loan for the season I knew I was going to be here which helped me to settle in and I have really enjoyed it.
“Maybe we need to revaluate what’s best for me and the club, but with January gone we probably wouldn’t be discussing anything concrete until the summer.
“It’s just a case of having in mind what I want to do next season and I will have to see what Norwich say as well because I’m not sure what their intentions are at this stage. It’s all up in the air.
“If it was right for everyone, of course I would be open to it (staying at Cherries).
"It just depends on where things are when the summer comes round because I know I have got a few decisions to make.”
Meanwhile, Surman put Cherries’ recent upturn in fortunes down to the less-experienced squad members quickly learning about the wily ways of the Championship and hailed his midfield colleagues for bringing out the best in his game.
He added: “Eunan O'Kane has done well since getting his run in the team.
“He suits that sitting role in midfield and gets us playing which has enabled me and Harry Arter to get forward and press the opposition a bit more.
“Everyone has learned a lot from this season, including myself. The younger players have really come on and got more belief from learning the way football is played in this league.
“We have learned to stay in games now. When we had those bad results at the start of the season it was because we still went for it after going a couple of goals down.
"We didn't give ourselves a chance and by the time it got to three or four we were just trying to keep down the score.”