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AFC Bournemouth: I'm no one-season wonder says Cherries new boy Callum Wilson
NEW boy Callum Wilson wants to seize his Championship chance with Cherries and is on a mission to prove he was no one-season wonder.
Wilson today trained with Eddie Howe’s squad for the first time since completing a big-money move from Coventry City at the end of last week.
The 22-year-old, who penned a four-year deal, will continue to work with his new team-mates during Cherries’ pre-season training camp in Austria this week.
Striker Wilson progressed through the ranks at Coventry and plundered 22 goals for the Sky Blues last season – his first full campaign in the Football League.
Coventry-born Wilson, who has also spent time on loan in the Conference with Kettering and Tamworth, ended the season as the joint third highest goalscorer in League One.
Cherries saw off a host of clubs for his services, with Ryan Allsop and Mohamed Coulibaly joining the Midlands outfit on loan until January as part of the deal.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Wilson said: “It is a fantastic set-up here and I want to grab with both hands the chance to play in the Championship. Hopefully, I can play regularly and score goals like I did at Coventry. This is a club on the up and I want to be a part of it.
“It was hard leaving Coventry because I grew up there and all my family and friends live there. Sometimes you have to let your head rule your heart. Everybody wants to play for their hometown club but my heart will be changing soon because I am here for the long term.
“I want to prove I am not just a one-season wonder, as people could label me. My career has been hampered by injury so it was good to finally get three-quarters of a season under my belt. It is about progressing as a player and I am looking forward to a full season.
“I feel I am only going to get better playing with better players and on better pitches. I feel the manager here will progress me and help me kick on with the team to the next level. He will give me a platform and it will be up to me to take it.”
Wilson, who describes himself as “an exciting player who likes to get supporters out of their seats”, struck up a fruitful partnership with Leon Clarke last season and will be looking to fill the void created by Lewis Grabban’s departure to Norwich.
He added: “I know Lewis and Yann Kermorgant had a great partnership here and I am a similar player to Lewis although we have different strengths. But I am not here to fill anybody’s boots and I am my own person. I am here to play, to do well and to try to help the team get into the Premier League.”