JACK Stacey confessed his move to Cherries had allowed him to “realise a childhood dream” of playing in the Premier League.

Defender Stacey signed a four-year contract at Vitality Stadium today after a fee, believed to be in the region of £4million, had been agreed with Luton Town.

On Wednesday, he is set to travel to Spain with his new Cherries team-mates for a pre-season training camp.

Posting on Twitter, Stacey said: “Delighted to announce my next step at AFC Bournemouth and looking forward to the opportunity to realise a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League at such a good club.”

Reflecting on his time at Luton, where he spent two seasons, he wrote: “I would just like to place on record my thanks for everyone connected to Luton Town. What an amazing two years we’ve had. Thank you to my team-mates, the board, Mick (Harford), every member of staff along the way and, of course, the fans for your support over that time.

“It’s been a pleasure to play in front of a packed out Kenilworth Road for the past two years and the fact that we were able to experience two promotions together in this time is something that I will never forget.

“The opportunity to test themselves at the highest level is something every player dreams of and I am grateful to everyone that has created this opportunity for me.”

“Luton Town are a club on their way back up to where they belong and they have gained a lifelong fan as I start my new journey in Bournemouth.”