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Cherries: We'll get the best out of Matt says boss
Cherries manager Paul Groves insisted he was determined to help Matt Tubbs rediscover his prolific form after fending off renewed interest in the sought-after striker.
Groves has strengthened his attacking resources during the close season but he has told Cherries’ record signing he remains a part of his Dean Court plans.
That came after Rotherham United boss Steve Evans revealed that he had considered making a fresh bid to reunite with the frontman he managed at Crawley – having seen an initial offer rejected in May.
But Groves is adamant Verwood-raised Tubbs is not for sale and says he will try to get the best from the big-money recruit.
He told the Daily Echo: “Matt has proved himself with his goalscoring records at the levels he has played at.
“You always want goals in your team and that is an area we have tried to improve in different ways.
“From Matt’s point of view, we want him around.
“What you have to recognise is that people who do well in their particular area are going to get talked about by other people. You are never going to stop that.
“What you can do is say that they are not for sale and that is what we have said.
“We want to work with Matt and we want to get the best from Matt.”
Tubbs will face increased competition for places when Cherries return for pre-season training tomorrow after summer signings Frank Demouge, Lewis Grabban and Josh McQuoid were added to a lengthy list of forwards.
But Groves is hopeful that Tubbs, who has previously displayed his goalscoring credentials in non-league and League Two, will make the grade in the third tier.
He said: “If Matt has got confidence and he is determined, they are good ingredients for him to be able to make that transition.
“We hope he can do that and we hope we can provide him with good service so that he gets those opportunities.
“Having good competition for places in the attacking areas will help him as well.
“Matt finished the back end of last season with not too much football because of his injury.
“He has taken it upon himself to come back and set about his work to make sure he is in good condition and ready to start pre-season.
“That is fantastic and it is what you want. You have to give Matt credit for that and, hopefully, he will get the benefit of that once we kick off.”
Speaking to the Rotherham club website on Sunday, Evans said: “AFC Bournemouth have now made it very clear that Tubbsy is not for sale and is a concrete part of their plans.
“That for now is the matter closed and I wish the lad every success in the season ahead.”
Tubbs told the Echo last month that he was ready to fight for his place and that he had no desire to leave Dean Court.