WHILE going toe-to-toe with some of the world’s best attackers may not always be plain sailing – Jack Stacey revealed how he had already worked on his sea legs as he continues to settle in at Cherries.

The athletic full-back, who joined Eddie Howe’s crew for £4million from Luton in the summer, could be set to go all hands on deck in the Premier League against Sheffield United tomorrow (3pm).

And to relax after what could be his top-flight debut, the 23-year-old is on Sunday planning to join mum Jane in her caravan and on her boat at nearby Rockley Park – just more than nine miles away from his new workplace.

And, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, the Ascot-born defender admitted his mum had always wanted him to join Cherries when hearing of the interest.

“It’s almost like she knew,” said the former Reading youngster.

“There was interest from Bournemouth quite early on but there were also other teams, so I think my mum was always angling to go for this one. I was as well but for different reasons! Luckily, it all aligned.

“She will be down and I’m sure all the home games she will be staying there (at Rockley). They have a little boat they take out as well. It’s perfect timing for them really.

“It’s my mum and my mum’s partner. They have come to support and watch me at Carlisle and came to a lot of the Luton games last season home and away.

“I think they would have been here regardless but they have the caravan at Rockley, so it’s perfect for them to pop across. I think they have had it three or four years now.

“I have been there and it’s nice, I’ve been out on the boat. A few Sundays, if we get days off, then I can go out with them and see more of Bournemouth, so it’s worked out well. I had been down to Rockley quite a few times.

“My dad will also come to all the games as well.”

Asked whether he would take the boat out at the holiday park during his time with Cherries, Stacey replied: “I don’t think my mum will let me on there without her!

“But we have plans after the Sheffield United game to go out on the Sunday. She is going to come down for that and hopefully it will be nice weather.

“I am staying in a hotel at the moment. My girlfriend has been down, we have been to the beaches and just around Bournemouth – it’s a really nice place to live.”

As well as taking in the familiarity of his fresh surroundings, Stacey announced himself to Cherries’ fans with a goal against Lazio in a pre-season friendly last Friday.

He joined Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke on the scoresheet, having netted eight minutes from time against the two-time Italian champions in a 4-3 defeat.

“It was nice to get my first goal there in front of the fans,” he said.

“It was my first game at Vitality and I enjoyed it in the end. It was a tough test against a good team.

“We needed tests like that in pre-season to get us ready for the Premier League. You are going to play sides of the same quality or even better.”

He added: “Pre-season has been really intense but whoever is called up to play against Sheffield United should now all be ready.

“If I get called to play then I feel like I am ready. I am learning the system more and more each day so I’d like to think I could step up and do a job.

“There is no luck, you know? You come into a Premier League dressing room and you think these players have just been born the way they are.

“But there are no secrets, it’s just continuous hard work each day and just trying to improve yourself.”