SAM Surridge says it is a "massive season" for him as he joined Swansea City on loan.

The striker, 21, is due to spend the whole of 2019-20 with the Championship outfit, but Cherries have an option to recall him in January.

Surridge featured in all six of Cherries' first-team's friendlies during pre-season, netting in a 3-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park last month.

But Eddie Howe was keen for the youngster to move out on loan before Thursday's transfer deadline to gain more experience in senior football.

And he has now joined the Championship Swans under boss Steve Cooper.

Surridge, an academy graduate, made his Cherries debut in February, coming off the bench in a 5-1 Premier League defeat at Arsenal.

He was introduced for his second appearance late on on the final day of the campaign at Crystal Palace.

The academy graduate enjoyed a fruitful loan spell away at League One Oldham Athletic during the first half of 2018-19, scoring 12 goals in 20 matches.

Sunderland came close to snapping up Surridge for the remainder of the campaign, but Cherries decided to keep him in their squad.

He has also spent time away at Yeovil.

Speaking to the Swansea website, Surridge said: "I want to play regular football and score goals, that is what I have come here to do.

"It will help me and it will help Swansea and if I am scoring goals, everyone will be happy.

"I've been on a few loan spells now and I think it is the best thing for me at the moment, to try and carry the momentum on from what was a big year for me.

"This is a massive season for me and that's why I wanted to come here and show what I can do."