AFC Bournemouth: Skipper Tommy out to impress in a bid for new contract

LEADER: Captain Tommy Elphick starting last year of contract

LEADER: Captain Tommy Elphick starting last year of contract

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SKIPPER Tommy Elphick has vowed to seize the early-season initiative and go all-out to secure a long term future with Cherries.

The 26-year-old, a £200,000 signing from Brighton in August 2012, is entering the final season of his initial Dean Court contract.

Having been voted the Daily Echo/Micky Cave player of the season during Cherries’ march to promotion from League One, a thigh strain combined with the emergence of Elliott Ward initially kept Elphick out of the starting XI last term.

But the club captain soon re-established himself as a regular starter and forged an imposing partnership with Steve Cook at centre-half as Cherries hit their stride in the second half of last season.

And with Ward still working his way back to fitness following knee surgery in April, Elphick is determined to reaffirm his role in the club’s ambitious plans.

Elphick told the Daily Echo: “For me, coming into the last year of my contract, I want to make up the gaffer’s mind for him and do that pretty early.

“You look across the country and there are not many clubs with a forward-thinking management team like ours and an owner who is prepared to back us.

“We are a very fortunate bunch of players and, of course, I want to continue to be a part of that. This is a genuinely progressive club and one of the very few in the country that can honestly say that.

“It’s a great feeling to come in every day and know that standing still is not an option. Everything at the club is geared up to make you succeed.

“People talk about the rewards you get in this game but there is no bigger reward for me than winning, it’s a feeling you cannot replace and that winning mentality runs throughout this group.

“Whether you’re in the first year or the last year of your contract makes no difference to how you approach things, this club won’t wait for people so you’ve got to be at it every day whoever you are.

“I’m a firm believer that if you apply yourself correctly and play to the best of your ability, things tend to take care of themselves and, as always, I’ll be giving everything to impress the manager.”

Meanwhile, Elphick insists that despite appearing an obvious choice for a starting berth, he is taking nothing for granted.

“If me or Cooky took our foot off the gas, the gaffer wouldn’t think twice about bringing someone in,” he added.

“We might be the established centre-halves in the squad now but we have good youngsters like Baily Cargill knocking on the door, while the likes of Simon Francis and Ian Harte are experienced defenders and quite capable of stepping into that role.

“The bottom line is that if you’re not pulling your weight, you know you will soon be replaced.”

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6:44am Thu 24 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

A great snapshot of the mood at the club and why we have got every chance of progressing beyond what was achieved last season.

Makes me laugh when the likes of MiltonArcher (snigger) have a dig because we're not losing players to other clubs. It doesn't sound like anyone wants to go anywhere at this point in time as there's a lot to gain by stayng on the Cherries juggernaut if we progress.

I'm not daft and know that these things change quickly in football but right now the team and supporters are together and daring to dream. In my experience if you do this and set your business up correctly that's when things happen - so watch this red-n-black space - UTCIAD
A great snapshot of the mood at the club and why we have got every chance of progressing beyond what was achieved last season. Makes me laugh when the likes of MiltonArcher (snigger) have a dig because we're not losing players to other clubs. It doesn't sound like anyone wants to go anywhere at this point in time as there's a lot to gain by stayng on the Cherries juggernaut if we progress. I'm not daft and know that these things change quickly in football but right now the team and supporters are together and daring to dream. In my experience if you do this and set your business up correctly that's when things happen - so watch this red-n-black space - UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 25

7:24am Thu 24 Jul 14

susi.m says...

Love your great attitude Tommy x
Love your great attitude Tommy x susi.m
  • Score: 10

7:39am Thu 24 Jul 14

boyerboy says...

Sign him up.
Sign him up. boyerboy
  • Score: 5

8:47am Thu 24 Jul 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Looks like Tommy just delivered his first team talk, 2 weeks before the season begins, if you can't be inspired by that then football is not your game.
Tommy's attitude has always been first class, i recall many Brighton fans telling us what a quality player we were getting when he signed for us, his fighting spirit is a shining example to the rest of the squad, and what a nice guy he is.... always taking time before every home game to have a chat with the goal-posts :-)
Looks like Tommy just delivered his first team talk, 2 weeks before the season begins, if you can't be inspired by that then football is not your game. Tommy's attitude has always been first class, i recall many Brighton fans telling us what a quality player we were getting when he signed for us, his fighting spirit is a shining example to the rest of the squad, and what a nice guy he is.... always taking time before every home game to have a chat with the goal-posts :-) STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 10

9:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

No brainer, get that offer on the table now Mr Howe!
No brainer, get that offer on the table now Mr Howe! canfordcherry
  • Score: 8

9:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

Marvreturns says...

Top, top lad. Not sure how/why his contracr has run down this far - even if he's not in Eddie's long terms plans they he should at least command a decent fee, Losing him for nothing would be very bad business.
Top, top lad. Not sure how/why his contracr has run down this far - even if he's not in Eddie's long terms plans they he should at least command a decent fee, Losing him for nothing would be very bad business. Marvreturns
  • Score: 5

10:25am Thu 24 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

I've seen some wonderful Club captains over the years, none better than Tommy. He doesn't just inspire the team, he inspires the fans. Anyone wanting to leave our wonderful club, is either mad, doesn't have any ambition, isn't good enough, or is just plain money grabbing, and those can go any way. We're blessed, not only with 3 great CB's, but you can't rule out Baily Cargill now either. So sign Tommy up Eddie, take the uncertainty away, others have been given new contracts, Tommy is just as deserving!!! UTCIAD
I've seen some wonderful Club captains over the years, none better than Tommy. He doesn't just inspire the team, he inspires the fans. Anyone wanting to leave our wonderful club, is either mad, doesn't have any ambition, isn't good enough, or is just plain money grabbing, and those can go any way. We're blessed, not only with 3 great CB's, but you can't rule out Baily Cargill now either. So sign Tommy up Eddie, take the uncertainty away, others have been given new contracts, Tommy is just as deserving!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 10

1:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

abc100 says...

Tommy & Cookie for me all day long, as good as Ward is he is never going to be fit long enough to play over Tommy
Tommy & Cookie for me all day long, as good as Ward is he is never going to be fit long enough to play over Tommy abc100
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Signing Cook and Elphick for a combined 350k has to be some of the best business AFCB has ever done. They're probably worth ten times that now, given the interest Cook especially has generated from the Prem.

Brighton are/were utter mugs!
Signing Cook and Elphick for a combined 350k has to be some of the best business AFCB has ever done. They're probably worth ten times that now, given the interest Cook especially has generated from the Prem. Brighton are/were utter mugs! mark.s
  • Score: 4

2:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

matt68 says...

I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he?
I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he? matt68
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Web by says...

Joe Partington finished
Joe Partington finished Web by
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

abc100 says...

matt68 wrote:
I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he?
One year deal on the treatment table!!!
[quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he?[/p][/quote]One year deal on the treatment table!!! abc100
  • Score: -1

9:35pm Thu 24 Jul 14

matt68 says...

abc100 wrote:
matt68 wrote:
I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he?
One year deal on the treatment table!!!
Agreed, i mean how many chances has he had! i do love eddie but find it strange that he keeps getting new contracts and hardly ever, plays he is injury prone and not god enough i am affraid
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: I thought Joe Partington was going to be a great centre back! Where is he?[/p][/quote]One year deal on the treatment table!!![/p][/quote]Agreed, i mean how many chances has he had! i do love eddie but find it strange that he keeps getting new contracts and hardly ever, plays he is injury prone and not god enough i am affraid matt68
  • Score: 0

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