AFC Bournemouth: Simon Francis insists he is happy at Dean Court despite Derby County's summer interest

FIRM FAVOURITE: AFC Bournemouth defender Simon Francis

FIRM FAVOURITE: AFC Bournemouth defender Simon Francis

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SOUGHT-after star Simon Francis has moved to quash any lingering speculation over his Cherries future by declaring his happiness with life at Dean Court.

The marauding full-back, 29, was the subject of two failed bids from play-off finalists Derby County having caught the eye with his all-action approach at both ends of the pitch last season.

Having announced the double swoop in June, chief executive Neill Blake was adamant that Cherries had no need to sell Francis or any other member of Eddie Howe’s burgeoning squad.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo, Francis insisted he had no qualms with the club’s stance before vowing to his desire to achieve his Premier League ambitions with Cherries.

Discussing Derby’s interest, Francis told the Daily Echo: “It’s always nice when a club comes in but there is not a lot more to it than that.

“Derby is a club close to my family and I have a lot of friends up that way. It was something I was aware of over the summer but the valuation was never met and it didn’t get far at all.

“It was flattering that a club of their calibre showed an interest but I think that’s down to what we’re doing as a club, as a group of players and how the manager has got us playing. 

“A lot teams are watching a lot of the lads, not just me but if we keep playing the way we did at Huddersfield there’s no doubt we’ll be climbing the table and be up there in our own right. 

“I would probably say I had the chance to show what I was about before but I let it slip when I was younger. I played at a couple of Championship clubs and through fault of my own I didn’t grab my chance with both hands or relish the challenge like I am now.

“I’m enjoying it more than ever, playing some of the best football of my career, especially last season, and I’m hoping that can continue. 

“I am the happiest I have ever been in my career. I’m at a good age now and I want to be playing my best football at the highest possible level. 

“I wouldn’t be saying that and I wouldn’t be at this club if I didn’t think we were good enough to kick on and get to the Premier League.”

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7:12am Tue 12 Aug 14

PaulRaffle says...

Great player in a superb team.
And a gentleman as well.
After all the bad times, we can enjoy some wonderful football in a stabilised atmosphere.
Long may it continue. UTCIAD
Great player in a superb team. And a gentleman as well. After all the bad times, we can enjoy some wonderful football in a stabilised atmosphere. Long may it continue. UTCIAD PaulRaffle
  • Score: 17

7:55am Tue 12 Aug 14

pokesdown1 says...

We can strive to emulate Leicester,who are still top of the league.

The table never lies.
We can strive to emulate Leicester,who are still top of the league. The table never lies. pokesdown1
  • Score: -1

9:32am Tue 12 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

I'm in no doubt, that if we continue to play as we did the last few months of last season, that we WILL go up this year. It's not based on one game, it's based on the way we just ripped teams around us to pieces last season, AND Uddersfield this, and Franno is a major part of it, as are all the other members of the squad.... I BELIEVE!!! UTCIAD
I'm in no doubt, that if we continue to play as we did the last few months of last season, that we WILL go up this year. It's not based on one game, it's based on the way we just ripped teams around us to pieces last season, AND Uddersfield this, and Franno is a major part of it, as are all the other members of the squad.... I BELIEVE!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 3

10:19am Tue 12 Aug 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Most of us will remember posters on here asking for our club back when the two unmentionables were appointed as managers and some of the antics of the then chairman (Go and support the club down the road etc.! By the way he did do some good too!) era. It is obvious that we do indeed have our club back and in the 40 years (last April) I have been supporting AFCB I can honestly say that I never remember being as confident as I feel at the moment. Yes Season ticket prices have gone up and will be going up even further should we reach the dizzy heights of Premiership but as I told a dear friend of mine I don't mind paying a good price for a nice sirloin steak!! Football at AFCB has been entertainingly good since EH and JT have taken up the reins again. The squad have shown confidence in them by remaining at the club and new players coming in. As I have said before we used to leak players all over the place as soon as the final whistle went in the last game of the season and any time in between.

I am pleased that players like Francis and others have such a strong desire to play for us and hopefully bring us further success. It is time to be positive and accept that there will be games when we play good football and lose but as supporters our role is to be firmly behind the team and the management. Up the mighty Cherries
Most of us will remember posters on here asking for our club back when the two unmentionables were appointed as managers and some of the antics of the then chairman (Go and support the club down the road etc.! By the way he did do some good too!) era. It is obvious that we do indeed have our club back and in the 40 years (last April) I have been supporting AFCB I can honestly say that I never remember being as confident as I feel at the moment. Yes Season ticket prices have gone up and will be going up even further should we reach the dizzy heights of Premiership but as I told a dear friend of mine I don't mind paying a good price for a nice sirloin steak!! Football at AFCB has been entertainingly good since EH and JT have taken up the reins again. The squad have shown confidence in them by remaining at the club and new players coming in. As I have said before we used to leak players all over the place as soon as the final whistle went in the last game of the season and any time in between. I am pleased that players like Francis and others have such a strong desire to play for us and hopefully bring us further success. It is time to be positive and accept that there will be games when we play good football and lose but as supporters our role is to be firmly behind the team and the management. Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 18

5:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

If the price was right he would of left us. A good player going forward, but so many goals against us last year came from his side. That and his age is why the offer was not higher. We have a decent replacement for him in Smith if he does decide to leave.
If the price was right he would of left us. A good player going forward, but so many goals against us last year came from his side. That and his age is why the offer was not higher. We have a decent replacement for him in Smith if he does decide to leave. holdinkæft
  • Score: -9

6:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Cherryfan says...

holdinkæft wrote:
If the price was right he would of left us. A good player going forward, but so many goals against us last year came from his side. That and his age is why the offer was not higher. We have a decent replacement for him in Smith if he does decide to leave.
Sorry but Smith has no final ball so won't get a look in unless Simon gets injured or its a cup game. No comparison in my opinion .
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: If the price was right he would of left us. A good player going forward, but so many goals against us last year came from his side. That and his age is why the offer was not higher. We have a decent replacement for him in Smith if he does decide to leave.[/p][/quote]Sorry but Smith has no final ball so won't get a look in unless Simon gets injured or its a cup game. No comparison in my opinion . Cherryfan
  • Score: 7

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