FORGOTTEN man Stephane Zubar has cashed in on Cherries’ promotion – despite having not played for the first team for more than two-and-a-half years.

Zubar, who spent a large chunk of this season on loan to York, has received a 12-month contract extension as a result of Cherries clinching a place in the Premier League.

The trigger clause was included in the three-and-a-half year deal that Zubar signed in February 2012 during Eddie Mitchell’s tenure as chairman and Lee Bradbury’s as manager.

Zubar, who penned a one-year deal when he joined Cherries as a free agent in September 2011, was rewarded with an improved contract after impressing under Bradbury.

However, just weeks later, Bradbury parted company with Cherries and Zubar went on to feature in six games during Paul Groves’s ill-fated reign as manager at Dean Court.

The defender, capped twice by Guadeloupe, started Cherries’ 3-1 defeat at Crawley in October 2012 – his last appearance for the first team and Groves’s final game as manager.

Zubar played six times for Bury during a loan spell in 2013 and had been poised to join the Shakers permanently, only for the move to collapse after he had sustained an injury during a training session.

He made three appearances during a loan spell at Port Vale in October before linking up with former Cherries assistant boss Russ Wilcox at York.

The extension is understood to have made provision for Zubar to receive a wage rise.