AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson: Cherries move the right choice for my career

NEW BOY: AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson in action for Coventry City (left)

NEW BOY: AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson in action for Coventry City (left)

First published in Sport
Last updated
by

NEW recruit Callum Wilson admitted it was tough to separate his emotional attachment to boyhood club Coventry City to progress his career with Cherries.

The sought-after striker, 22, yesterday signed on the dotted line at Dean Court for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of £2million with performance-based enhancements.

Wilson's four-year deal, which also saw Cherries goalkeeper Ryan Allsop and winger Mohamed Coulibaly switch to the Sky Blues on loan until January 2015, was completed after weeks of speculation, despite Norwich City entering the race at the 11th-hour.

But the Coventry-born hitman, who struck 22 goals for City in League One last season, was adamant he had made the right choice having picked Dean Court as his destination.

In a parting message to Coventry supporters, Wilson told City's official website: “It’s every player’s dream to play for their hometown club and to score so many goals last season went beyond those dreams.

“I was playing for Coventry with so many of the lads I grew up and I can’t thank Steven Pressley (City manager) enough for giving me that chance and believing in me from the start of the season.

“When I was asked at the end of last season whether I was going to stay, I really believed that I would be here (at Coventry) at the start of next season.

“But as the weeks have passed, there has been more and more interest from clubs in the Championship and it became clear to me that there was a real chance to play in a higher division.

“It gave me a really big decision to make and it’s not one I have taken lightly and I think most supporters will understand just how tough a choice this was for me.

“I have sat down and talked it through with Steve Waggott and Steven Pressley, my family, everyone at Bournemouth and it just felt like the right move at the right time.

“I have to let my head rule my heart as this is my career."

 

Comments (25)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:03pm Sat 5 Jul 14

devon fan says...

Callum seems a sensible lad, having seen his goals for Coventry I am sure if he can reproduce that form for AFCB he will do well, welcome to the club Callum
Callum seems a sensible lad, having seen his goals for Coventry I am sure if he can reproduce that form for AFCB he will do well, welcome to the club Callum devon fan
  • Score: 23

2:19pm Sat 5 Jul 14

RED on tour says...

If I was a gambler, which I am not, I think it would be worth putting a bob or two on Callum to score more goals than grabbs and playing more games.

Welcome the best team on the south coast, Skates two divs below and scummers imploding or playing at Anfield.

On a more pressing problem, as I see it, we have the smallest stadium in the championship and would welcome any news regarding increasing the capacity of Dean Court (sorry Goldsands!!?) as competing against teams who draw upwards of 20,000 supporters is, at least, an economic problem when considering FFP rules.
If I was a gambler, which I am not, I think it would be worth putting a bob or two on Callum to score more goals than grabbs and playing more games. Welcome the best team on the south coast, Skates two divs below and scummers imploding or playing at Anfield. On a more pressing problem, as I see it, we have the smallest stadium in the championship and would welcome any news regarding increasing the capacity of Dean Court (sorry Goldsands!!?) as competing against teams who draw upwards of 20,000 supporters is, at least, an economic problem when considering FFP rules. RED on tour
  • Score: 24

6:03pm Sat 5 Jul 14

trolley says...

another step closer to conference football in ten years
another step closer to conference football in ten years trolley
  • Score: -46

7:42pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Mr Mostyn made a statement some weeks ago stating that whilst the "Temporary" stand would be retained for the coming Season, the Club intended to build a new stand at the South End and to increase the capacity to 20/25,000. I would assume that they would also be intending to buy back the ground from Structuredene, to me it dosn't really make sense to spend millions on a site they don't own. The record sale of Season Tickets must be an encouraging sign for the Board that support is there.
Mr Mostyn made a statement some weeks ago stating that whilst the "Temporary" stand would be retained for the coming Season, the Club intended to build a new stand at the South End and to increase the capacity to 20/25,000. I would assume that they would also be intending to buy back the ground from Structuredene, to me it dosn't really make sense to spend millions on a site they don't own. The record sale of Season Tickets must be an encouraging sign for the Board that support is there. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 9

8:03pm Sat 5 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

Welcome aboard Callum.
You made the correct choice.Eddy Howe is the best Manager in the Championship.If you play your cards write ,Eddy can guide you to the Premiership,
Dont forget to bring your bucket and spade.
Now show the Fans what you can do.
Welcome aboard Callum. You made the correct choice.Eddy Howe is the best Manager in the Championship.If you play your cards write ,Eddy can guide you to the Premiership, Dont forget to bring your bucket and spade. Now show the Fans what you can do. cromwell9
  • Score: 6

8:08pm Sat 5 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
You stupid BOY.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]You stupid BOY. cromwell9
  • Score: -1

8:24pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Chukki's uncle says...

trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
Glass half empty by any chance ?
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]Glass half empty by any chance ? Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 0

9:33am Sun 6 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ... Nat1234
  • Score: -4

9:39am Sun 6 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
Your off your trolley !!
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]Your off your trolley !! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -2

9:47am Sun 6 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Nat1234 wrote:
trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...
NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...[/p][/quote]NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 6

10:29am Sun 6 Jul 14

bobsworthforever says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...
NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW
£15 MILLION you cant buy a decent flat in London for under £10 MILLION anyway without a breakdown of whats in these particular numbers they mean very little lets not worry about it looking forward to a great season if it all goes wrong I ll stick a few quid in the bucket done it before and will doi it again fortunately don't think I will have to Premiership comnig soon fantastic
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...[/p][/quote]NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW[/p][/quote]£15 MILLION you cant buy a decent flat in London for under £10 MILLION anyway without a breakdown of whats in these particular numbers they mean very little lets not worry about it looking forward to a great season if it all goes wrong I ll stick a few quid in the bucket done it before and will doi it again fortunately don't think I will have to Premiership comnig soon fantastic bobsworthforever
  • Score: -11

11:09am Sun 6 Jul 14

north dorset AFCB says...

Welcome to Dorset Callum, I hope you enjoy your stay down on the south coast. All us Bournemouth supporters are on a roll now with our last few years of success both on and off the pitch. Good luck Callum you know you can do the business.
Off subject, does anybody know if our pre season game against Salisbury is still on, they have big problems there, a lot of players have left.
The match should be a week on Tue, 15th July.
Welcome to Dorset Callum, I hope you enjoy your stay down on the south coast. All us Bournemouth supporters are on a roll now with our last few years of success both on and off the pitch. Good luck Callum you know you can do the business. Off subject, does anybody know if our pre season game against Salisbury is still on, they have big problems there, a lot of players have left. The match should be a week on Tue, 15th July. north dorset AFCB
  • Score: 2

11:18am Sun 6 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

I think there has already been a lot of debate about the Fair play conditions and of course about affording Callum.

WELL the board has spoken, some are business men as well as fans and surely the owner has sanctioned this? So here we are on the brink of a new season, sure there are fears that it all goes wrong and we start going backwards but this is not the 1970s; then a new stand and changes at the top, the sale of Ted Mac the triumph of the League Cup with our boys playing for Norwich and John Bond have unsettled some of the very old fans(Bless us!)

BUT THIS IS NOT the 1970s! Phew!

Instead we are on the cusp of something really big now, and I for one after all the bad old days of the last decade truly believe!

Leave it to those entrusted to making Bournemouth and its fans having a big smile on its/their faces and enjoy!

Last season we were wisely crossing our fingers about the what ifs? but now our what ifs are about the drama of the play-offs and erm the Premiership?

Really! Can this be happening! Have I died and gone to Cherry Heaven!

Marvellous enjoy the sun Callum and yes bring the bucket and spade and btw you can buy a huge place in London for 10M bobsworth lol!
I think there has already been a lot of debate about the Fair play conditions and of course about affording Callum. WELL the board has spoken, some are business men as well as fans and surely the owner has sanctioned this? So here we are on the brink of a new season, sure there are fears that it all goes wrong and we start going backwards but this is not the 1970s; then a new stand and changes at the top, the sale of Ted Mac the triumph of the League Cup with our boys playing for Norwich and John Bond have unsettled some of the very old fans(Bless us!) BUT THIS IS NOT the 1970s! Phew! Instead we are on the cusp of something really big now, and I for one after all the bad old days of the last decade truly believe! Leave it to those entrusted to making Bournemouth and its fans having a big smile on its/their faces and enjoy! Last season we were wisely crossing our fingers about the what ifs? but now our what ifs are about the drama of the play-offs and erm the Premiership? Really! Can this be happening! Have I died and gone to Cherry Heaven! Marvellous enjoy the sun Callum and yes bring the bucket and spade and btw you can buy a huge place in London for 10M bobsworth lol! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 5

12:12pm Sun 6 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

PS

Sky blue 76 must be clearly gutted...!

The argument over Andrew Surman v Callum is at an end... IN EH we TRUST!
PS Sky blue 76 must be clearly gutted...! The argument over Andrew Surman v Callum is at an end... IN EH we TRUST! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
trolley wrote:
another step closer to conference football in ten years
what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...
NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW
Isn't maxim one of the richest men in Russia ? well I wouldn't of thought he got in that position . By flogging dead horses . He is a very very good business man . He won't invest in anything he would lose money . Also the board now is full of rich business men . People who know what they are doing . So don't be so negative . We are going places ..
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: another step closer to conference football in ten years[/p][/quote]what do you mean by that ? There is only one way we are going . ON THE UP . As they say . Callum you have made they right choice . We are a club growing . Record number of season ticket sales . A new stand before long . Soon there will be record crowds as well . And they most important thing of all you will be playing for the best young manager in Europe , by far ...[/p][/quote]NAT, . . lets not go overboard with this season ticket record thing. . . It is still a naff amount for the Championship. . . You should be more concerned with our record debt. . . . . £15 million, . . WOW[/p][/quote]Isn't maxim one of the richest men in Russia ? well I wouldn't of thought he got in that position . By flogging dead horses . He is a very very good business man . He won't invest in anything he would lose money . Also the board now is full of rich business men . People who know what they are doing . So don't be so negative . We are going places .. Nat1234
  • Score: -2

4:27pm Sun 6 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

NAT1234, . . . You have already contradicted your own statement as you say Maxim will never invest in anything thats losing money. . . AFC is already £15 million in debt and by the end of this coming season probably even more. . . . Its a hard task for a little club like ours to make a profit at this level. . . . So I am the one who is thinking positive and some joker above said that he will throw a few quid in the bucket again if we go bust. . . . . . . MORE LIKE A FEW GRAND
NAT1234, . . . You have already contradicted your own statement as you say Maxim will never invest in anything thats losing money. . . AFC is already £15 million in debt and by the end of this coming season probably even more. . . . Its a hard task for a little club like ours to make a profit at this level. . . . So I am the one who is thinking positive and some joker above said that he will throw a few quid in the bucket again if we go bust. . . . . . . MORE LIKE A FEW GRAND RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 7

5:08pm Sun 6 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

The thing is we have always been there for the boys and Bournemouth the town should rightly be proud of its football club's fan-base.

Come hell or high water the Cherry fan will be there wether it's away with Man City ( It's a dream that we have never been closer to) in the Prem. Or down and out against the Luton Town (down 'there' somewhere).

We have been 'there' and never turned our backs. Even playing KK's City all those seasons ago...

SO at last we have something huge happening so roll with it! enjoy the magic, you know EH might be buying only the right to stay in the Championship and yet if we over perform (in all departments) then the play offs will be ours. Is that really over confident? I think not!

Up the Cherries!
The thing is we have always been there for the boys and Bournemouth the town should rightly be proud of its football club's fan-base. Come hell or high water the Cherry fan will be there wether it's away with Man City ( It's a dream that we have never been closer to) in the Prem. Or down and out against the Luton Town (down 'there' somewhere). We have been 'there' and never turned our backs. Even playing KK's City all those seasons ago... SO at last we have something huge happening so roll with it! enjoy the magic, you know EH might be buying only the right to stay in the Championship and yet if we over perform (in all departments) then the play offs will be ours. Is that really over confident? I think not! Up the Cherries! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

I can't believe the negativity on hear , I might be negative about a certain player . But never the club . We have just signed 3 really good players and probably 1 or 2 more to come . We are playing fantastic football . We have just finished the highest we have ever finished . We have got good prospects for the coming season . Who would ever of thought AFCB and the PREMERSHIP would be mentioned in the same breath . AND THERE IS PEOPLE ON HERE SAYING THAT WE WILL BE GOING BUST OR GETTING RELEGATED .
I can't believe the negativity on hear , I might be negative about a certain player . But never the club . We have just signed 3 really good players and probably 1 or 2 more to come . We are playing fantastic football . We have just finished the highest we have ever finished . We have got good prospects for the coming season . Who would ever of thought AFCB and the PREMERSHIP would be mentioned in the same breath . AND THERE IS PEOPLE ON HERE SAYING THAT WE WILL BE GOING BUST OR GETTING RELEGATED . Nat1234
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Sun 6 Jul 14

raybren says...

Forget all the negativity , we are going to have one hell of a season ! Our strike force is now second to none , add to that our other new signings and our team from last season , me thinks a top two finish is possible !
Forget all the negativity , we are going to have one hell of a season ! Our strike force is now second to none , add to that our other new signings and our team from last season , me thinks a top two finish is possible ! raybren
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Sun 6 Jul 14

miltonarcher says...

Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless
Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless miltonarcher
  • Score: -11

7:23pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Deejaycee says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless
The way your lot are carrying on, the analogy "rats and sinking ship" spring to mind.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless[/p][/quote]The way your lot are carrying on, the analogy "rats and sinking ship" spring to mind. Deejaycee
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Chukki's uncle says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless
Thanks for the 6 million. Didn't exactly go kicking and screaming did he ?
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless[/p][/quote]Thanks for the 6 million. Didn't exactly go kicking and screaming did he ? Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Sun 6 Jul 14

miltonarcher says...

Chukki's uncle wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless
Thanks for the 6 million. Didn't exactly go kicking and screaming did he ?
Check your figures, you got nearer 3 million, that from afcb sources.
[quote][p][bold]Chukki's uncle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha h ha best team on the south coast, you couldn't make it up ha ha ha ha bless[/p][/quote]Thanks for the 6 million. Didn't exactly go kicking and screaming did he ?[/p][/quote]Check your figures, you got nearer 3 million, that from afcb sources. miltonarcher
  • Score: 4

9:31am Mon 7 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Saints fans used to delight in telling us that we'd never get our 25% cut because Lallana was a Saints fan and player for life.

Lol.

£4M quid on our back pocket for doing nothing, ta very much Saints. For comparison - please tell us how your sell on for Gareth Bale went? :)
Saints fans used to delight in telling us that we'd never get our 25% cut because Lallana was a Saints fan and player for life. Lol. £4M quid on our back pocket for doing nothing, ta very much Saints. For comparison - please tell us how your sell on for Gareth Bale went? :) mark.s
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Phil McG (Italy) says...

I think 'Red Letter Day' is confused about the difference between 'debt' and 'loss'. They are not the same thing.

The club published figures for 2012/13 (up to July) which declared a loss of somewhere in the region of £15 million. This loss is based on what the club has received and what it has spent. Uncle Max has covered the shortfall.
If the club were in 'debt' it would mean bills being unpaid and bailiffs, tax men etc knocking on the door, just like the bad old days of the 80s, 90s and ten years ago. This is not the case as no one is actually asking us for any oustanding money.

All the signs are that uncle Max is in this for the long haul and so I am not overly concerened by our financial position. The 'Callum' deal has already been a great one and may prove to be an excellent one. We've got him for less than the asking value, we've sent Ryan Allsop and Mohamed Coulibaly there to get much needed game time and experience, as well as reducing the wage bill by one until January at least.

The ground capacity remains our sticking point. However, that won't just be fixed by the club/uncle Max splashing out on a new stand but by the people of Bournemouth supporting the club on a regular basis and every match being sold out.

2014/15 is shaping up to be great season. Up the Cherries!
I think 'Red Letter Day' is confused about the difference between 'debt' and 'loss'. They are not the same thing. The club published figures for 2012/13 (up to July) which declared a loss of somewhere in the region of £15 million. This loss is based on what the club has received and what it has spent. Uncle Max has covered the shortfall. If the club were in 'debt' it would mean bills being unpaid and bailiffs, tax men etc knocking on the door, just like the bad old days of the 80s, 90s and ten years ago. This is not the case as no one is actually asking us for any oustanding money. All the signs are that uncle Max is in this for the long haul and so I am not overly concerened by our financial position. The 'Callum' deal has already been a great one and may prove to be an excellent one. We've got him for less than the asking value, we've sent Ryan Allsop and Mohamed Coulibaly there to get much needed game time and experience, as well as reducing the wage bill by one until January at least. The ground capacity remains our sticking point. However, that won't just be fixed by the club/uncle Max splashing out on a new stand but by the people of Bournemouth supporting the club on a regular basis and every match being sold out. 2014/15 is shaping up to be great season. Up the Cherries! Phil McG (Italy)
  • Score: 3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree