BOSS Eddie Howe believes Will Dennis has a bright future at Cherries and urged the young keeper to chase the club’s fellow talented stoppers.

Dennis, who has been with the Dorset club since the age of 15, penned a new three-and-a-half year contract at Vitality Stadium earlier this month.

The 19-year-old has trained with first-team stars Aaron Ramsdale, Artur Boruc and Mark Travers since the start of this campaign.

And Howe believes the former Luton and Watford youngster has all the attributes required to push for a first-team place in the future.

He told the Daily Echo: “Will is another talented young goalkeeper we have on our books.

“He is someone that’s improved rapidly since he has been with us under the guidance of Neil Moss and Anthony White.

“He’s got really good mentors in front of him in Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale, who are both young.

“But I am sure he would have seen how they have approached and attacked their own development in the professional manner they have done.

“He would have looked at that and thought ‘I want a piece of that’ and he’s got the attributes to do it. He’s a lovely size, very good shot stopper and a good kicker, so the future is bright for him.”

Dennis has represented Cherries in the Hampshire Senior Cup, Central League Cup and Premier League Cup as part of Shaun Cooper’s under-21 setup.

He has also enjoyed successful loan spells with non-league outfits Weymouth and Guernsey.

“It’s all based on ability. It’s all based on how good you are,” said Howe.

“What Will needs to focus on is continuing to chase Aaron and Mark. They are great targets to have ahead of him to say ‘right, I want to get better than you’.

“The only way he is going to do that is to see how those guys work and work harder than them.”

Both Ramsdale, 21, and Travers, 20, have made their Premier League debuts and secured new contracts in the past 12 months.

“It’s great from our perspective to be surrounded by young players who are very motivated and prepared to do the shift,” said Howe.

“Our goalkeepers are one of the hardest working departments at the football club because they are analysing, working, learning and staying out pushing themselves to do the extra work they need to improve.

“I am very pleased with how they are being worked and developed.”