FLYING Scotsman Ryan Fraser says he is determined to be Cherries' game changer this season.

Fraser hit the ground running by scoring and starring in Cherries' opening-day victory over Premier League new boys Cardiff.

The 24-year-old, a bargain £400,000 buy from Aberdeen in 2013, is keen to firmly establish himself as a regular in his sixth full season at Vitality Stadium.

“It is going to be a different me this season," said Fraser. “I have spoken to the manager and my family about what I want to do.

“I don’t want to be a bit-part player. I want to be the game changer who takes it by the scruff of the neck and gets on the ball a lot more to make things happen.

“I feel like in past seasons I may have set up a couple of goals here and there and scored a few here and there.

“I only scored five goals last season and want to try to get a lot more than that.

“I think it is going to be a big change for me this season to try to stamp my authority on games and go from there.

"I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself and do things I wouldn’t normally do.

“Instead of hiding in little areas, it’s having the confidence to not do things like that – even in training.

“This is physically the best I have ever felt and I have the confidence to try to get the ball wherever I can, even if that means having to come in deep to make something happen.

“It’s going to be a big season for me and the team.”

Fraser experienced a mixed bag last season – his 26 appearances in the Premier League including some as an emergency right-back.

The Aberdonian also nursed a hamstring injury towards the end of the campaign which forced him to pull out of Scotland’s post-season tour to South America.

Asked what had changed over the summer, Fraser replied: “I don’t know. I just felt that I don’t normally come alive until January and I don’t want to be one of those players who knows they can do it but wonders when they actually will.

“Maybe I wasn’t mentally strong enough so I have changed that.

“I go into training and even games and just look at it in a different way.

“Maybe I didn’t feel like I was one of those players.

“But I am not young any more, I am 24 now and need to step up to the plate.

“I can’t just see the big players like Nathan (Ake) and Josh (King) doing it, I want to be a big player for the team as well.

“I’ll be trying my best and the gaffer knows I am modest, so I’ll be doing my defensive duties and doing everything I can.

“But I am going to try to do things going forward by getting on the ball a lot more.”