CHERRIES' newest recruit Marvin Bartley will quit his job today (Monday) as a window fitter to take up a full-time role in Kevin Bond's first-team squad.

The combative midfielder penned his first professional contract over the weekend after impressing Bond and his staff during a two-week trial withCherries. Bartley, who turned 21 earlier this month, has signed a one-year deal at Dean Court and becomes Cherries' fourth new arrival of the summer.

Plucked from the non-league ranks by Bond, Bartley has been combining his semi-pro career with installing double glazing for The Splash Group in Reading.

Bartley, who along with Russ Perrett is the second ex-window fitter to join Cherries this summer, told the Daily Echo: "Maybe me and Russ could start up in business and do the whole of Bournemouth!"

Speaking on Sunday night, he added: "Everything has happened so quickly but I'm absolutely delighted to have been given this chance with Bournemouth.

"My employers have been right behind me all the way and I can't thank them enough. I've got to ring them tomorrow morning to hand in my notice.

"I've been fitting double glazing for about nine months and also worked in a few sports shops but I think being a pro footballer is going to be my best job!"

Bartley, who has represented England Colleges, turned out for Hampton and Richmond in the Isthmian League last season and also had spells with Hayes and Didcot Town.

He was on the verge of joining MK Dons in May before his hopes of breaking into the pro ranks were dashed when manager Martin Allen left for Leicester.

Bartley said: "I had a couple of reserve games and trained with them for a week but it all fell apart when Martin Allen left. But his assistant Adrian Whitbread kindly recommended me to Kevin Bond and I was invited here for a trial. I love it here.

"I know it's going to be very hard trying to break into the first team because there are so many good players here. But I believe in my own ability and I won't fail through a lack of trying."

Bartley has been joined on Cherries' summer training camp at Woodbury Park by trialists Jason Pearce, Ryan Garry, Scott Lye, Reda Shehata and Felicien Singbo, although Phil Mulryne did not travel.

New trialists Shehata, a 26-year-old striker from Egypt, and Singbo, a 26-year-old defender from France, both impressed during Cherries' 2-1 defeat by Southampton on Saturday.

Bond's squad yesterday headed to Nigel Mansell's hotel and country club near Exeter to start an intensive four days of gruelling double sessions.