CHERRIES winger Ryan Fraser believes his decision not to take the “easy option” and stay in Scotland helped him “grow as a person” with Cherries.

A £400,000 signing from Aberdeen in January 2013, the 24-year-old is set to make his 150th appearance for the Dorset club, should he line up at Manchester City tomorrow (3pm).

A rising star from Cherries’ League One days, Fraser has now become one of the most exciting attacking talents in the top flight.

And he is hoping there is more to come under boss Eddie Howe.

The Scotland international told the Daily Echo: “I didn’t take the easy option, I could have just stayed at Aberdeen, which is a massive club.

“But I chose to come down under Eddie and it’s worked out in the end. Hopefully I can keep progressing as long as I’m here.

“It hasn’t been easy, I have had a lot of lows and highs as well. I have shown in the past couple of seasons that I can do it.

“I have just matured, grown up mentally and physically and I think I have grown as a person.”

Fraser has this week been able to welcome parents Graeme and Debby to the south coast.

They were present during Cherries’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

“Last time I saw them was just before the summer, so it’s nice to see them,” he added.

“It is unlucky they saw the loss on Sunday but family is more important than football. I am just glad they are down.

“There are a lot of sacrifices you need to make as a footballer, leaving family is never easy, especially when I left at 18.”

Fraser has scored 19 goals and registered 21 assists from his 149 games for the Dorset club.

But he believes there will be no tougher test in the top flight than taking on the defending champions.

“They are the best by a mile,” said Fraser, when asked about the Citizens.

“I think they will win the league again under Pep Guardiola, who has changed football in the Premier League.

“The players they have are just world class. When you have those players in your team who can change a game, keep the ball and run a game it makes it easier for you.

“He has taken them two more steps further and it is going to be a very difficult game. No-one has beaten them for a reason and they won the league for a reason last season.”