ARTUR Boruc believes fellow goalkeepers Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale have “improved a lot” following their exposure to first-team football last season.

Travers, who today signed a new “long-term” contract with Cherries, was named man-of-the-match on his top-flight debut against Tottenham in May.

With his only taste of senior football coming at non-league Weymouth prior to last season, Travers, 20, took Boruc’s spot in the Cherries side for the game against Spurs.

He also kept his place for the final-day defeat at Crystal Palace.

And Boruc, who is almost twice the age of Travers at 39, says it was no shock to see the Irishman perform well on the big stage.

Discussing Travers’ stand-out performances in the first team, Boruc said: “I wasn’t surprised to be honest. I’ve seen quite a lot of him and I was impressed in training as well so I wasn’t surprised in the game.

“It was absolutely great how he dealt with the pressure. He’s very young so he dealt with it quite well. We were really pleased with him.

“Everybody’s different. He’s working on his sports psychology on his own. He’s bright so he knows what he’s doing.”

While Travers was in action for Cherries, Ramsdale was helping AFC Wimbledon preserve their League One status.

His performances earned two end of year club awards and Ramsdale could face a swift reunion with the Dons tomorrow when Cherries take them on in La Manga (7pm UK time) in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.

Asked if he has seen the benefit of the 21-year-old’s loan since his return from Wimbledon, Boruc told the Daily Echo: “Of course, yes. The young lads learn a lot, especially from the games.

“You can see it from both of them (Ramsdale and Travers) now. They’ve improved a lot.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them grow as fast as they can.”

Boruc, Travers and Ramsdale are part of a four-man senior goalkeeping unit with Asmir Begovic also in the squad for the pre-season camp in Spain.

It is the second year in succession that Cherries have used the La Manga base in Murcia and Boruc, who is heading into his 22nd season as a professional since breaking through with hometown team Pogon Siedlce in 1998, admits preparation has altered considerably since his early days in football.

The Pole said: “It’s a huge difference. Everything now is measured.

“It’s changed a lot. We used to run and climb the mountains and stuff and now it’s very data-based workouts. It’s always good to be back. When you play football, you know that pre-season is always tough. But still, you’re doing what you love.”

Discussing the return to La Manga, Boruc added: “You don’t really put too much attention to the places you are when you’re doing the pre-seasons because it’s tough and you’re just mentally and physically tired.

“But it was good (last year).

“Everything was sorted like it’s supposed to be at a Premier League club.”