AFC Bournemouth star Steve Cook: Club won't let the big stars go

SETTLED: AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook

SETTLED: AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook

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STAR defender Steve Cook has praised Cherries' hierarchy for slamming shut the Dean Court exits - a full nine days before the transfer window closes.

The 23-year-old centre-half insists the Dorset club's content squad are glad to be away from the annual rat race which reaches its climax on September 1. 

Cook signed a fresh three-year contract in July on the back of reported interest from Premier League Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Championship rivals Wolves. 

Sought-after colleague Simon Francis last week followed suit having been the subject of overtures from beaten play-off finalists Derby County, with Lewis Grabban - who had a release trigger in his contract - the only big name to leave since last season.

And with Cherries swift to quash any summer speculation, Cook believes performances can only benefit from the players knowing exactly where they stand.

Cook told the Daily Echo: “The transfer window hots up towards the end and it is always an interesting watch but I don't think anyone here will be participating.

“No one has really spoken about it to be honest. We don't pay a lot of attention to it and it's not a big deal because everyone is happy here and the club is going places.

“It's always nice to know the club won't be selling its best players. If you came in to the news that three or four lads had moved to another club in the Championship you would wonder what was going on.

“You hear about clubs making broken promises but that has never happened here. When there has been interest in players, the club has been quick to put a stop it.

“It's a hard situation if you're not certain whether you'll be staying or leaving, it can mess up your head. All you want to do is concentrate on football rather than where you're going to be and we look so settled at the moment because nobody wants to leave.

“Maybe a few years ago, we might have seen a few of the lads go but now the club has grown, we have got in some good players and have held onto most of our top performers.

“There is a project here and the last thing you want to see is players leaving so credit to the club, the manager and the owner because they have a vision of where they want us to be and that ambition is definitely filtering through to the lads.

“We all buy into the way the manager wants to do things and want to reach the highest level with Bournemouth and I think that's definitely possible, if not this season then the next.

“I think we have a good, settled squad and that's what you need so hopefully we'll keep churning out good performances.”

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8:34pm Fri 22 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

Lets hope we dont entertain Gazza here. I would prefer CRONNIXX
HERE COMES TROUBLE HERE COMES THE DANGER.
Lets hope we dont entertain Gazza here. I would prefer CRONNIXX HERE COMES TROUBLE HERE COMES THE DANGER. holdinkæft
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9:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ifordcherry says...

holdinkæft wrote:
Lets hope we dont entertain Gazza here. I would prefer CRONNIXX
HERE COMES TROUBLE HERE COMES THE DANGER.
YOU PATHETIC TW`T
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: Lets hope we dont entertain Gazza here. I would prefer CRONNIXX HERE COMES TROUBLE HERE COMES THE DANGER.[/p][/quote]YOU PATHETIC TW`T ifordcherry
  • Score: 9

9:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

I'm sorry but if a Premier League or massive Championship side came in for ANY of our players, offering a silly transfer fee or wages to a player, then they will be gone. End of. Stupid article.
I'm sorry but if a Premier League or massive Championship side came in for ANY of our players, offering a silly transfer fee or wages to a player, then they will be gone. End of. Stupid article. Minty Fresh
  • Score: -10

9:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

canfordcherry says...

The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.
The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator. canfordcherry
  • Score: 4

10:35pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Davey Boy2000 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.
Who ?
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.[/p][/quote]Who ? Davey Boy2000
  • Score: 3

12:09am Sat 23 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Davey Boy2000 wrote:
canfordcherry wrote:
The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.
Who ?
Black max !?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Boy2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.[/p][/quote]Who ?[/p][/quote]Black max !? cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -4

1:09am Sat 23 Aug 14

ASM says...

let's sign elphick up on a long term contract to fend off vultures
let's sign elphick up on a long term contract to fend off vultures ASM
  • Score: 5

8:58am Sat 23 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.
Agree we need at least 2 more players . And who would want to leave this club , after the performance on Tuesday night . If anyone was to leave , they wouldn't be playing in such a fantastic footballing side . Apart from the top 5 sides in the prem . Even TK looked really good when he came on . I really thought he was going to score . I was shouting for him to do it ..
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: The door is slammed shut on outward moves, which is fantastic news, but what about any more inward ones? Still one name I would love to see back at Dean Court as a player not a spectator.[/p][/quote]Agree we need at least 2 more players . And who would want to leave this club , after the performance on Tuesday night . If anyone was to leave , they wouldn't be playing in such a fantastic footballing side . Apart from the top 5 sides in the prem . Even TK looked really good when he came on . I really thought he was going to score . I was shouting for him to do it .. Nat1234
  • Score: 9

9:05am Sat 23 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

Fortunately, Harry, a compassionate man, has offered a helping hand to "Gazza" in coaching QPR's Academy lads. As for a "No Player Sales" policy, I am sure it is meant, but it's difficult to resist big money offers in these days of FFP. Norwich last week said Fer and Surman are going nowhere - Harry has just signed Fer for £8m! But like most supporters will be glad when the "Window" closes, particularly if Eddie can bring his 1/2 players in before it does.
Fortunately, Harry, a compassionate man, has offered a helping hand to "Gazza" in coaching QPR's Academy lads. As for a "No Player Sales" policy, I am sure it is meant, but it's difficult to resist big money offers in these days of FFP. Norwich last week said Fer and Surman are going nowhere - Harry has just signed Fer for £8m! But like most supporters will be glad when the "Window" closes, particularly if Eddie can bring his 1/2 players in before it does. Square Old Codger
  • Score: -1

9:18am Sat 23 Aug 14

dustbindanny says...

On a different matter, wasn't it nice of Stuart Pearce to admit his Team did not deserve the three points on Tuesday?
On a different matter, wasn't it nice of Stuart Pearce to admit his Team did not deserve the three points on Tuesday? dustbindanny
  • Score: 10

10:00am Sat 23 Aug 14

rednblack37 says...

dustbindanny wrote:
On a different matter, wasn't it nice of Stuart Pearce to admit his Team did not deserve the three points on Tuesday?
I'm not surprised really, he's always told it how it is. That made him a great captain as a player. I was really gutted we lost, I didn't expect to, but I wish Stuart Pearce every success. He was a real old-school player, got stuck in, no moaning, if you read his autobiography you'll see what I mean - of course it's called Psycho, by the way! As a manager he's learnt a lot - mostly humility and not the usual gargabe that managers come out with. Listening to him for 4 months this ye ar as a Talksport pundit, he has so much knowledge and great ideas to share - and integrity to match. Such is his standing that he told Forset that if they want him, they had to wait cos he had made a commitment to Talksport including World Cup commentating and wasn't going to let them down - so they waited. Not many command respect like that! Having said all that, I hope we turn them over at the City Ground later this season. And let's turn over Blackburn today. Hopefully Rhodes is pulled out of the squad cos of an impending transfer to Hull City!! UTCIAD!
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: On a different matter, wasn't it nice of Stuart Pearce to admit his Team did not deserve the three points on Tuesday?[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised really, he's always told it how it is. That made him a great captain as a player. I was really gutted we lost, I didn't expect to, but I wish Stuart Pearce every success. He was a real old-school player, got stuck in, no moaning, if you read his autobiography you'll see what I mean - of course it's called Psycho, by the way! As a manager he's learnt a lot - mostly humility and not the usual gargabe that managers come out with. Listening to him for 4 months this ye ar as a Talksport pundit, he has so much knowledge and great ideas to share - and integrity to match. Such is his standing that he told Forset that if they want him, they had to wait cos he had made a commitment to Talksport including World Cup commentating and wasn't going to let them down - so they waited. Not many command respect like that! Having said all that, I hope we turn them over at the City Ground later this season. And let's turn over Blackburn today. Hopefully Rhodes is pulled out of the squad cos of an impending transfer to Hull City!! UTCIAD! rednblack37
  • Score: 3

11:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH says...

Talking of idiots some guy is walking around Winton in a canaries shirt with Grabban on the back!

Is he looking for trouble?
Talking of idiots some guy is walking around Winton in a canaries shirt with Grabban on the back! Is he looking for trouble? AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH
  • Score: 2

11:43am Sat 23 Aug 14

smhinto says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
I'm sorry but if a Premier League or massive Championship side came in for ANY of our players, offering a silly transfer fee or wages to a player, then they will be gone. End of. Stupid article.
Yes I do agree. Money talks I'm afraid. If another club in the Championship or Premier League offered 10million for Callum Wilson before the transfer deadline he will be gone. It matters not what contract he is on - Money talks and that is that.
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Some people are so narrow minded they cannot see the wood for the trees!!
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Just because a player has signed a four year deal it does not mean that he will stay, all it guarentees is that we will at least get a fee for him.

Regards
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but if a Premier League or massive Championship side came in for ANY of our players, offering a silly transfer fee or wages to a player, then they will be gone. End of. Stupid article.[/p][/quote]Yes I do agree. Money talks I'm afraid. If another club in the Championship or Premier League offered 10million for Callum Wilson before the transfer deadline he will be gone. It matters not what contract he is on - Money talks and that is that. . Some people are so narrow minded they cannot see the wood for the trees!! . Just because a player has signed a four year deal it does not mean that he will stay, all it guarentees is that we will at least get a fee for him. Regards smhinto
  • Score: 2

11:50am Sat 23 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH wrote:
Talking of idiots some guy is walking around Winton in a canaries shirt with Grabban on the back!

Is he looking for trouble?
Whats wrong with that?
Many fans wear their fav teams shirt.
Ive got an old Boscombe one from the 60s
[quote][p][bold]AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH[/bold] wrote: Talking of idiots some guy is walking around Winton in a canaries shirt with Grabban on the back! Is he looking for trouble?[/p][/quote]Whats wrong with that? Many fans wear their fav teams shirt. Ive got an old Boscombe one from the 60s holdinkæft
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

afcdibby says...

ASM wrote:
let's sign elphick up on a long term contract to fend off vultures
Agree, Hopefully after Cook and Francis, Tommy is the next one on the agenda.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: let's sign elphick up on a long term contract to fend off vultures[/p][/quote]Agree, Hopefully after Cook and Francis, Tommy is the next one on the agenda. afcdibby
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Sat 23 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

Looks like Surman is coming didn't make the Norwich side today notice Grabbans scored again don't think we will lose today but we could do with Surman back need a bit of calm when we go 1-0 up.
Looks like Surman is coming didn't make the Norwich side today notice Grabbans scored again don't think we will lose today but we could do with Surman back need a bit of calm when we go 1-0 up. bobsworthforever
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Sat 23 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Gazza I hope would always be welcome at DC. He was a magnificent footballer that simply cannot cope as an adult. It's a great tragedy. I would love it if he could kick his habit. Join the academy here and help nurture the youngsters in and around Bournemouth.

Gazza needs loads of compassion and real friends about him... and no one buying him a drink...he looks doomed to follow another legend that came our way once...
Gazza I hope would always be welcome at DC. He was a magnificent footballer that simply cannot cope as an adult. It's a great tragedy. I would love it if he could kick his habit. Join the academy here and help nurture the youngsters in and around Bournemouth. Gazza needs loads of compassion and real friends about him... and no one buying him a drink...he looks doomed to follow another legend that came our way once... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Judging by Cookies performance today we'd be better to sell him.
Judging by Cookies performance today we'd be better to sell him. Minty Fresh
  • Score: -2
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