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Cherries: Demouge surprised natives with English move
Cherries new boy Frank Demouge last night revealed he rejected other offers and surprised his native Holland to realise his English dream.
Demouge yesterday passed a medical at Dean Court and Cherries are now awaiting international clearance after he last month agreed a two-year deal to join from FC Utrecht on a free transfer.
The Dutchman admitted people in his homeland had been left baffled by his decision to swap Holland’s top flight for a career in League One.
But experienced targetman Demouge, 30, insisted England was “the best option” for him after declining deals in Holland and one other country.
Demouge, who has plied his trade exclusively in the Dutch League, says Cherries’ ambition to reach the Championship helped make up his mind.
He told the Daily Echo: “My agent came to me and said Bournemouth were interested in me.
“In the first moment, I did not know what to expect and I did not know too much about the club.
“I was on holiday and when I came back, I visited the club and the people working here gave me a really good feeling about it.
“I also had some other options but Bournemouth gave me the best feeling.
“A lot of people in Holland didn’t understand why I did it but, for me, I think it is a good step and I want to get to the Championship with the club.”
The 6ft 3ins striker began his career with local club Nijmegen before having spells with Tilburg and Willem ll.
Demouge scored seven times in 20 appearances for FC Utrecht last season.
Speaking to the Echo while house and car hunting in Dorset yesterday, Demouge said: “It was always a dream for me to play in England and now I have the chance to play in England.
“I also want to move to the Championship with the club.
“And the place is also beautiful – but it is raining!”
Demouge is looking forward to meeting his new team-mates as he tries to settle in the area.
He added: “I am excited to see everybody. It is a new club for me and a new place.
“In Holland, if you go to another club, you know some of the players.
“Here, I don’t know anything. I have no apartment, no car and I am alone here, so I need to meet the people and the players, and I am sure I will be fine and find my way really fast.”