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AFC Bournemouth: New recruits making an impression on O'Kane
MIDFIELDER Eunan O'Kane believes Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas will settle quickly to life at Cherries after making a positive early impact at Dean Court.
Eddie Howe's first two summer signings completed their first week of training and yesterday flew out to Austria with the rest of their team-mates for a five-day training camp, culminating in a friendly against FC Copenhagen.
Midfielder Gosling joined on a free from Premier League Newcastle while winger Stanislas turned down a fresh contract at top-flight new boys Burnley to again link up with Howe, who he played under at Turf Moor.
And O'Kane, who turns 24 on Thursday, is adamant that the new boys will make a seamless transition into the club's setup.
He told the Daily Echo: “I don't think anyone has really noticed any difference in terms of the new lads, they have blended in as if they have been here as long as the rest of us.
“The group here are very good when it comes to working with new players. I went through that myself two years ago and I think we try to make it as smooth as possible for any new recruits that arrive.
“We've seen quite a lot of them already and I think they have definitely added some quality to the squad. There's no reason why they can't contribute to us having a very good season.”
O'Kane and Gosling will compete for a central midfield berth alongside the likes of Harry Arter and Shaun MacDonald in the upcoming campaign.
And former Everton youngster O'Kane is confident that whoever earns selection will only have done so through pure hard work.
He added: “Dan has come in and maybe in theory you would say he might fill the space that Andrew Surman has left.
"The two signings add more competition and it will mean whoever does get into the midfield will have earned their place.
“There will be a lot more competition which will ensure that the players perform to the highest level that they can.”