Matt Tubbs on AFC Bournemouth spell: 'I couldn't have done any more'

LOAN DEAL: AFC Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs

LOAN DEAL: AFC Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs

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MATT Tubbs says he could not have done any more to force his way into Eddie Howe's plans after effectively ending his spell at Cherries.

The 29-year-old striker, who joined from Crawley Town on a three-and-a half-year deal in January 2012, will spend the upcoming campaign on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

Although he missed out on the matchday squad just once during Cherries' promotion from League One, six-goal Tubbs started only nine matches in all compeitions. 

The former Salisbury City hitman had loan stints at Rotherham United and Crawley Town last term and turned down a return to the latter outfit on a permanent deal this summer.

He subsequently penned a season-long loan deal at Kingsmeadow before revealing he had done all he could at Dean Court.

Tubbs told the Daily Echo: “I'm 30 in a couple of weeks and it didn't take a rocket scientist to work out that my chances at Bournemouth would be slim to none. I got my head round that early on.

“Every footballer wants to play and no footballer is happy to be sat on the bench. It was disappointing at Bournemouth at times but in my last full season, the lads did unbelievably well and we gained promotion.

“Although I played a bit-part role, it was pleasing to see how Eddie Howe came in and changed the philosophy of the whole team. He made sure the team were playing the right way and the fans loved it.

“From my own point of view, there wasn't really anything I could have done. The lads were winning and as a result gained promotion to the Championship.

“I've got absolutely no regrets because it was an unbelievable time and I loved it there. There's nothing better than putting on the shirt of your home town club, making appearances and scoring goals.

“I have great memories from my time at Bournemouth which will last me forever.”

With his season-long switch finalised, Verwood-raised Tubbs is keen to breathe new life into his career in stable surroundings.

“This is the start of a new chapter,” he added.

“I spoke to Neal Ardley at length after the season finished and he came across really positively and was really keen to get me.

“I know I'm going to be at Wimbledon for a year so I've got stability and it's a case of getting my head down.

“I can concentrate on scoring goals and come the end of the season, other clubs might come in for me or I might extend my deal at Wimbledon - you just don't know.”

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7:02am Tue 17 Jun 14

Square Old Codger says...

Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news".
Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news". Square Old Codger
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7:47am Tue 17 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news".
SoC, I agree with you re. signings but then again (with risk of contradicting myself) at last we're not reading about spending millions without regard to the looming FFP deadline.

The no news good news hopefully applies to anymore player sales. We know how good our squad was last season so EH must be getting enquiries almost daily but managing to deflect them.

In Eddie we trust.

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news".[/p][/quote]SoC, I agree with you re. signings but then again (with risk of contradicting myself) at last we're not reading about spending millions without regard to the looming FFP deadline. The no news good news hopefully applies to anymore player sales. We know how good our squad was last season so EH must be getting enquiries almost daily but managing to deflect them. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD afcbtintin
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7:47am Tue 17 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news".
SoC, I agree with you re. signings but then again (with risk of contradicting myself) at last we're not reading about spending millions without regard to the looming FFP deadline.

The no news good news hopefully applies to anymore player sales. We know how good our squad was last season so EH must be getting enquiries almost daily but managing to deflect them.

In Eddie we trust.

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Whilst I wish him well at Wimbledon and hope that he can get his career back on track he is to some extent "yesterday's man" and wish that there was some news of signings, the latest re Wilson for example - Brentford are rumoured to have £2m for him are we still interested? Pre Season training will commence in a couple of weeks time and it would be good to see the squad in place by then. But Eddie does like to keep things under wraps, so we must exercise patience and hope that "no news, is good news".[/p][/quote]SoC, I agree with you re. signings but then again (with risk of contradicting myself) at last we're not reading about spending millions without regard to the looming FFP deadline. The no news good news hopefully applies to anymore player sales. We know how good our squad was last season so EH must be getting enquiries almost daily but managing to deflect them. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD afcbtintin
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7:48am Tue 17 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

How the hell did that get there twice ?
How the hell did that get there twice ? afcbtintin
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9:57am Tue 17 Jun 14

bobsworthforever says...

Well if we have sold Grabban for 3million and we buy Wilson for 3million assuming they are both on the same wages will we be 2Million better off in the current financial year and if Goslings on more than Tubbs will that reduce the amount we are better off I totally understand while Eddies being a bit cautious. On the Matt Tubbs front wish him well at Wimbledon I didn't think he was too bad when he got a chance
Well if we have sold Grabban for 3million and we buy Wilson for 3million assuming they are both on the same wages will we be 2Million better off in the current financial year and if Goslings on more than Tubbs will that reduce the amount we are better off I totally understand while Eddies being a bit cautious. On the Matt Tubbs front wish him well at Wimbledon I didn't think he was too bad when he got a chance bobsworthforever
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10:14am Tue 17 Jun 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Come on Echo AFCB has been drawn away to Exeter for the Capital One first round draw why is not being reported here!

Matt let your football do the talking for you. Let us face it you haven't exactly set the world on fire when you played for us or other teams. Strikers scores goals I wish you all the very best at Wimbledon and do your best.
Come on Echo AFCB has been drawn away to Exeter for the Capital One first round draw why is not being reported here! Matt let your football do the talking for you. Let us face it you haven't exactly set the world on fire when you played for us or other teams. Strikers scores goals I wish you all the very best at Wimbledon and do your best. nonnogeppetto
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10:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

More importantly the league fixtures are out tomorrow ,will be following the cherries away as rumour control says dean court is all but sold out to season tickets so tickets on home match days will be like rocking poo
More importantly the league fixtures are out tomorrow ,will be following the cherries away as rumour control says dean court is all but sold out to season tickets so tickets on home match days will be like rocking poo alasdair1967
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10:35am Tue 17 Jun 14

BH1 loyal says...

Tubbs obviously turned down a permanent move to Crawley as staying on our books for a year was his best move financially.
Tubbs obviously turned down a permanent move to Crawley as staying on our books for a year was his best move financially. BH1 loyal
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11:13am Tue 17 Jun 14

Afcbpete says...

I'm a big fan of Matty's, a big thank you for all you did, as your goals were vital in our success, and wish you every success, not only at AFC Wimbledon, but where ever your career takes you!! UTCIAD
I'm a big fan of Matty's, a big thank you for all you did, as your goals were vital in our success, and wish you every success, not only at AFC Wimbledon, but where ever your career takes you!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
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12:04pm Tue 17 Jun 14

north dorset AFCB says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
More importantly the league fixtures are out tomorrow ,will be following the cherries away as rumour control says dean court is all but sold out to season tickets so tickets on home match days will be like rocking poo
The South stand /Ted Mac stand is season ticket clear, so 2,000 plus tickets for each home game will be on sale.
Get in early for each match for buying your tickets.
All the best Matt, you know you can score goals, so let Wimbledon have the benefit of your goals.
Fixtures out tomorrow, shall we say Fulham away 1st game, I think we won there once 1-3.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: More importantly the league fixtures are out tomorrow ,will be following the cherries away as rumour control says dean court is all but sold out to season tickets so tickets on home match days will be like rocking poo[/p][/quote]The South stand /Ted Mac stand is season ticket clear, so 2,000 plus tickets for each home game will be on sale. Get in early for each match for buying your tickets. All the best Matt, you know you can score goals, so let Wimbledon have the benefit of your goals. Fixtures out tomorrow, shall we say Fulham away 1st game, I think we won there once 1-3. north dorset AFCB
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1:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

your having a laugh111 says...

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell him he is about good enough for the calor league, championship L1 l2 and blue square are well above his capabilities. Not sorry to see him go. Just wish he would do the right thing and cancel his contract.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell him he is about good enough for the calor league, championship L1 l2 and blue square are well above his capabilities. Not sorry to see him go. Just wish he would do the right thing and cancel his contract. your having a laugh111
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6:04pm Tue 17 Jun 14

abc100 says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell him he is about good enough for the calor league, championship L1 l2 and blue square are well above his capabilities. Not sorry to see him go. Just wish he would do the right thing and cancel his contract.
Or maybe Afcb should do the right thing and pay up his contract that they asked him to sign
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell him he is about good enough for the calor league, championship L1 l2 and blue square are well above his capabilities. Not sorry to see him go. Just wish he would do the right thing and cancel his contract.[/p][/quote]Or maybe Afcb should do the right thing and pay up his contract that they asked him to sign abc100
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7:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

West moors 1 says...

Afcbpete wrote:
I'm a big fan of Matty's, a big thank you for all you did, as your goals were vital in our success, and wish you every success, not only at AFC Wimbledon, but where ever your career takes you!! UTCIAD
Well said, I would of preferred Tubbs coming on last season than pitman who at times didn't seemed bothered.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: I'm a big fan of Matty's, a big thank you for all you did, as your goals were vital in our success, and wish you every success, not only at AFC Wimbledon, but where ever your career takes you!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Well said, I would of preferred Tubbs coming on last season than pitman who at times didn't seemed bothered. West moors 1
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