CHERRIES’ new boy David Brooks cited Lewis Cook's development under Eddie Howe as a factor behind his move to Vitality Stadium.

Wales international Brooks joined the Dorset club for £10million after impressing in the Championship with Sheffield United.

Fellow midfielder Cook has become a top-flight regular and made his England debut since leaving Leeds to join Howe’s men two years ago.

And 20-year-old Brooks, who is five months younger than Cook, is hopeful Howe can help his career flourish in a similar manner.

He said: "It's every young boy's dream to get a chance to play in the Premier League. I just can't wait to get started.

"Eddie Howe was a big reason for the move. I thought the chance he gave Lewis Cook and everything about it, it was probably the right fit for me.

"You want to be the best player that you can be and, with the opportunities to play if you're ready and good enough, I think that it was something that definitely intrigued me."

Former Manchester City academy player Brooks scored three goals in 30 league games for the Blades last season.

He made his international debut for Wales as a substitute against France in Paris last November and has been capped three times.