LLOYD Kelly revealed how Cherries boss Eddie Howe had been “second to none” in helping him through an injury-hit first 12 months at the club.

The talented defender, signed from Bristol City for £13million last May, is yet to feature in the Premier League after being plagued by ankle, thigh and hamstring problems.

Kelly has played in the Carabao Cup under Howe, as well as turning out for the under-21s in the Premier League Cup and Hampshire Senior Cup.

And while he could feature in Cherries’ final nine games of the campaign, the 21-year-old said Howe had been with him every step of the way.

Asked about his relationship with the manager, England under-21 international Kelly told the Daily Echo: “Throughout this season, we have had loads of chats on how my time has been, injuries and things like that.

“All I can say is he’s been second to none with me.

“Even when I was back fit, training and things like that, the way he worked with me, especially on developing my game.

“Although I haven’t really had that chance to have a long run of training or being involved in games – I do feel like in that short amount of time he can have that effect on people to develop as a player.

“I am just looking forward to working with the coaches and especially the gaffer.”

Kelly last month revealed he would be “raring to go” should the Premier League resume this season.

And despite the green light now being given for games without fans, the Bristol-born star is still eager to showcase his ability.

“When you join a club. You want to show the fans what you can do and how you can support the team,” he added.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s frustrating when you can’t do that for such a long time.

“But when I do get my chance to play, I’m sure I’ll be able to show the fans what I am here for. What I can do and what I can add to the team.”