AFC Bournemouth: Defender Steve Cook pens fresh three-year deal at Cherries

Bournemouth Echo: DEAL: Steve Cook has committed his future to AFC Bournemouth DEAL: Steve Cook has committed his future to AFC Bournemouth

STEVE Cook revealed that Cherries' ambitious summer recruitment had rubber-stamped his decision to sign a fresh three-year contract with the club.

The 23-year-old centre-half, reportedly the subject of interest from Wolves and Premier League Crystal Palace over the past few months, today penned new terms which last until the summer of 2017.

Cook, a £170,000 signing from Brighton in January 2012, has consistently played down speculation linking him with moves away and publicly reiterated a desire to reach the Premier League with Cherries.

Since then midfielder Dan Gosling has been drafted in from Newcastle United, while winger Junior Stanislas rejected a deal with top-flight newcomers Burnley to boost the Dorset club's artillery ahead of their second season in the Championship.

And with Cherries still active in the transfer market, Cook insisted his unflinching enthusiasm to stay put had been vindicated by the club's lofty aspirations on and off the pitch.

Cook told the Daily Echo: “The new signings are Premier League qulaity and that is what we want. You hear different things about the players we will be getting in and it all sounds very promising.

“As a player you want reassurances that the club isn't going to stand still. We're constantly improving in so many ways with the new pitches being laid and so many things going on behind the scenes.

“We're gradually pushing towards that Premier League standard and that's what I couldn't miss out on. I had to stay and contribute to that.

“This is an unfinished project. We did so well at the back end of last season and I think we showed what a force we can be in this league. The club and the team are still growing and there is still a lot to come.”

Cook added that personal and professional considerations had come into play with little to mull over when making his final decision.

“I was waking up most mornings to see something different so it was nice to sort out my future and put any speculation to bed,” Cook continued.

“During the summer I had a few phone calls from my agent and I wasn't sure what would happen. But from my point of view, leaving never crossed my mind and as soon as Bournemouth offered me the new contract I jumped at the chance.

“The gaffer (Eddie Howe) and Jason (Tindall, assistant manager) played a huge part in my decision and so did my mum and dad, who were very keen for me to stay down here.

“My family live just down the coast and my sister is nearby so my parents come down quite a bit. To be honest, I love living here.

“That was a huge factor for me. It would have taken a lot for me to change anything and I had no reason to because I love playing for the club. As soon as the offer came in it was an easy decision to make.”

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4:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

ianbthomson says...

Fantastic news.

Going to be another superb season :)
Fantastic news. Going to be another superb season :) ianbthomson
  • Score: 14

4:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Marvreturns says...

Top signing. Just need a proven goal scorer or two.
Top signing. Just need a proven goal scorer or two. Marvreturns
  • Score: 6

4:31pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

A god news day, Cook staying and Adam Llana signing for Liverpool, the £6.25M will be useful! I imagine that Eddie is already talking to Simon Francis.
A god news day, Cook staying and Adam Llana signing for Liverpool, the £6.25M will be useful! I imagine that Eddie is already talking to Simon Francis. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Court Side says...

Whoever else comes in this is possibly the signing of the Summer. Feared that Cookie would head for pastures new with speculation that a few London clubs were interested but this is a real endorsement of the work Eddie and Jason are doing that they persuaded him to stay put. If only Grabbon had stayed. Oh well, your loss Grabbs!
Whoever else comes in this is possibly the signing of the Summer. Feared that Cookie would head for pastures new with speculation that a few London clubs were interested but this is a real endorsement of the work Eddie and Jason are doing that they persuaded him to stay put. If only Grabbon had stayed. Oh well, your loss Grabbs! Court Side
  • Score: 6

4:50pm Tue 1 Jul 14

afcbtintin says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
A god news day, Cook staying and Adam Llana signing for Liverpool, the £6.25M will be useful! I imagine that Eddie is already talking to Simon Francis.
Solent are reporting it as "could rise to £25m" so we may not get all the money straight away !

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: A god news day, Cook staying and Adam Llana signing for Liverpool, the £6.25M will be useful! I imagine that Eddie is already talking to Simon Francis.[/p][/quote]Solent are reporting it as "could rise to £25m" so we may not get all the money straight away ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: -1

4:50pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bobsworthforever says...

Now the Transfer windows open lets see a new striker in for the start of the season Callum Wilson would fit the bill but not Simon Cox mind you who knows what Eddies got up his sleeve great news about Steve Cook
Now the Transfer windows open lets see a new striker in for the start of the season Callum Wilson would fit the bill but not Simon Cox mind you who knows what Eddies got up his sleeve great news about Steve Cook bobsworthforever
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Tue 1 Jul 14

kangman2012 says...

Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC!
Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

kangman2012 wrote:
Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC!
Do you know that for sure ?
[quote][p][bold]kangman2012[/bold] wrote: Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC![/p][/quote]Do you know that for sure ? Nat1234
  • Score: -4

5:46pm Tue 1 Jul 14

kangman2012 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
kangman2012 wrote:
Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC!
Do you know that for sure ?
"Nat" - that's why I used the word "possibly". All depends on money available in the transfer kitty along with the availability of the players that EH wants to sign - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kangman2012[/bold] wrote: Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC![/p][/quote]Do you know that for sure ?[/p][/quote]"Nat" - that's why I used the word "possibly". All depends on money available in the transfer kitty along with the availability of the players that EH wants to sign - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Tue 1 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nice one Cookie!!! Great to see your commitment to the cause, and the vision passed on to you is very encouraging to us supporters!
Good luck next season & UTC
Nice one Cookie!!! Great to see your commitment to the cause, and the vision passed on to you is very encouraging to us supporters! Good luck next season & UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

9:58pm Tue 1 Jul 14

YafcbY says...

HURRRRRAH!!!!
Great news.
And I may bump into you on the train again :-D
HURRRRRAH!!!! Great news. And I may bump into you on the train again :-D YafcbY
  • Score: 1

7:37am Wed 2 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

Let's hope the release clause is nearer 7.5m than 3 to put off any future suitors.
Come on Franny, get back on board, there's only one direction this rollercoaster is going!
Let's hope the release clause is nearer 7.5m than 3 to put off any future suitors. Come on Franny, get back on board, there's only one direction this rollercoaster is going! canfordcherry
  • Score: 1

8:41am Wed 2 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nat1234 wrote:
kangman2012 wrote:
Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC!
Do you know that for sure ?
EH did say there could be another 2 or 3 in yet.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kangman2012[/bold] wrote: Top bloke Cookie - great news for everyone concerned with AFCB - possibly more quality signing to come - bring it on - UTC![/p][/quote]Do you know that for sure ?[/p][/quote]EH did say there could be another 2 or 3 in yet. UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

9:50am Wed 2 Jul 14

devon fan says...

well done Steve I hope your loyalty will be rewarded in the future
well done Steve I hope your loyalty will be rewarded in the future devon fan
  • Score: 1
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