LEWIS Cook revealed he had been “blown away” by his first training session at Cherries as he adjusted to make the step up to the Premier League.

Signed from boyhood club Leeds in the summer of 2016, the 23-year-old has since gone on to play 68 times at England’s elite level as well as earn a senior international cap for England.

But reflecting on his first moments on the training ground with the Dorset club, Cook said he had been trying to get used to the intensity.

Speaking on the Aspire To Develop Podcast, the midfielder said: “I had never been on loan or anything to different teams.

“The only time I had been with other players was at England. I was very nervous for that, meeting new players was the main thing.

“But as soon as you get to a different club, you know straight away, it’s exactly the same feel. Bournemouth is similar to Leeds as in it’s a family club and everyone is really nice there.

“When I got there and started training, I felt like the standard had gone up a lot higher.

“I remember my first training session there was incredible. The intensity and the passing, I was just a bit blown away.

“But then I started easing my way into it and getting used to it. I felt like I could compete and survive.”

York-born Cook had been with Leeds throughout his youth career before relocating to Dorset.

Asked what it had been like to initially adjust to the move, he replied: “It was tough. It was a big decision to make for me and my family, moving away from them and my friends. It’s a long way away from Leeds.

“But, in football, if you don’t jump at a situation you might miss it. It was something I was going to give all my attention and everything to and really give it a good go.

“I made the decision to come down here, it’s a lovely place and the football is really good as well.”