CHERRIES star Junior Stanislas has signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2021.

Stanislas joined the club on a free transfer from Burnley in 2014 and has played a key role in their successful seasons in the Premier League.

He has made 87 appearances and scored 19 goals in all competitions, with 15 of them coming in the top flight.

Stanislas is currently on the comeback trail having sustained a serious knee injury during Cherries’ 2-2 draw at Watford at the end of March.

The 28-year-old winger damaged the anterior ligaments in his left knee and went under the knife to repair the problem just days later.

It brought to a premature end an injury-interrupted season for Stanislas who was troubled by hamstring and groin problems during the first half of the campaign.

He told the club website: “It’s a nice feeling to get rewarded for some good work over the past couple of years.

“As soon as it was there, I wanted to get it signed and then get my head down and start focusing on improving over the next few years as well.

“I spoke to the gaffer and he was keen to get something done and signed. That shows the faith the manager has put in me – that is something that I really appreciate.

“I just try to do my best every time I get out on the pitch and help the team, whether that be assisting goals, scoring them or contributing to the team’s success. I plan to do that again this season and maybe take it to another level.”

Cherries chief executive Neill Blake added: “I’m delighted that Junior has extended his stay with us.

“He has been an important part of the club for a number of years both on and off the pitch, a key performer in the Premier League and someone who is a real threat for us in the final third.

“Junior is an experienced player but we believe his best years are still ahead of him and that is why we were so keen to ensure he remained at AFC Bournemouth.”