GOALKEEPER Mark Travers vowed to keep pushing fellow young gun Aaron Ramsdale for a Premier League place but admitted: “I have to bide my time.”

Travers has been limited to cup fixtures with Cherries this season, despite featuring against Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the top-flight at the back end of the 2018-19 campaign.

And while he insisted a lack of game time had been “difficult” the Maynooth-born stopper said he would keep supporting Ramsdale – as well as pushing him on.

Asked how not playing had been for his mindset, Travers told the Daily Echo: “Of course, it's always going to be difficult. You want to be out playing.

“But if it was the other way round, I know Rambo would be saying push each other on, try to improve every day.

“That's what I'm trying to do for him, you know he's had a great start to his season in the Premier League and I think he'll continue to do that as well.

"We're just trying to push each other every day. I know I will get the chance some time in the future, so I've just got to keep working towards that, keep my head focused on it but also keep supporting Rambo.

"You have chats with the gaffer and his staff as well. Everyone wants what is best for the players so, it's just one of those situations. I have to bide my time.

“I got my chance in the (Carabao) Cup, unfortunately we got knocked out early doors which is disappointing, it would have been nice to get a good cup run but we still have loads of games to come.”

Both goalkeepers could be involved for their respective countries during the international break.

Ramsdale may line up for England under-21s in a friendly against Slovenia tomorrow – while Travers could feature in Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Georgia on Saturday.

With Cherries now out of the Carabao Cup, Travers may not feature in Eddie Howe’s first team before the FA Cup third round in January, should Ramsdale keep his place.

Asked whether he would look at possibly going out on loan in January, the keeper said: “Yeah of course, that's always an option, it's up to the manager to see what he wants to do.

“But you never know what can happen between now and January so, at the minute, I'm just focused on Bournemouth.

“If a loan does come up in January, of course everyone wants to play football and if that's my opportunity, I'm sure I will go there.”

Asked by the Daily Echo about potentially sending Travers out on loan, manager Howe replied: “To talk about January now would be foolish. We’ve got a lot of football to be played between then and now.

“Mark’s someone we absolutely love. He has a great career ahead of him, his attitude has been spot on working really hard with Neil (Moss) and Anthony (White) our goalkeeper coaches.

“Football can change day-to-day, let alone week-to-week, so let’s see.”