CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes local lad Harry Cornick could have a bright future after a promising start to his Dean Court career.

The teenage winger made the huge leap into the professional ranks during pre-season after being snapped up by Howe from Wessex League outfit Christchurch.

Cornick has caught the eye since he was handed an 18-month deal by Howe after impressing the Cherries manager during a trial spell with the club last term.

The youngster finished the campaign with Priory and linked up with Cherries in the summer after finishing A-levels in biology, psychology and physical education.

Cornick’s progress with Cherries was impressive enough for Howe to give the wide man a shock call-up to the bench for the Championship clash with Blackpool.

The former Poole Grammar School student, who was also understood to have attracted interest from Stoke City, Southampton and Fulham during his stint in non-league, continued his form by netting for the development squad in their midweek Under-21 Premier League Cup defeat at the hands of Plymouth.

And Howe hopes there is more to come from Cornick. The Cherries manager told the Daily Echo: “We are really pleased with Harry.

“We said when he came in that it was a huge step up for him. But he is one of the development players who has really excelled in every game I have seen.

“He has been positive, very direct in possession and he looks like a real talent who is progressing all the time. We are really pleased with him.

“The reason he was involved in the first team and on the bench was a reward for his performances so, hopefully, that will continue.”

Meanwhile, Dorchester Town manager Phil Simkin has thanked Cherries for providing the Magpies with another loan recruit.

Cherries yesterday gave Dorchester the green light to sign development squad midfielder Josh Wakefield on a one-month deal.

Wakefield has joined fellow Cherries loan man Aristide Bassele and both have been granted permission to feature for the Magpies in the FA Cup today.

In an interview with our sister paper the Dorset Echo, former Hamworthy United boss Simkin said: “Josh is a very tidy player with a good knowledge of the game.

“He doesn’t give the ball away easily and is exactly what we need. Again, I have to thank Stephen Purches and Eddie Howe at Bournemouth. I have built up a good relationship with them and these loan deals are good for both clubs.”