AFTER Harry Arter this week departed Cherries, it brought to an end his decade-long association with the club.

The midfielder joined the Dorset outfit from Woking for just £4,000 back in 2010 and made his 256th and final appearance for the club in last week's Carabao Cup clash against Crystal Palace.

An integral part of Cherries’ recent success, Arter joined the club during their League One days and played a vital role in the club's promotions from both the third and second tiers under Eddie Howe.

And while a new chapter now awaits the Sidcup-born star at Nottingham Forest, the 30-year-old penned a message to Cherries’ fans following his departure from Vitality Stadium.

A message to say thank you.

Ten years have passed since the day I signed for the club and then officially leaving.

What we achieved is something I wouldn’t ever have dreamed of and I feel so proud to have played a part in that.

I was able to live out my dream of playing in the Premier League with a group of players, staff and fans who all dreamed of the same thing which made it totally unique and special.

There are so many staff members who I could thank but Eddie Howe, Richard Hughes and the boys who were there from the League One team all the way up to the Premier League deserve special praise.

I leave after a disappointing season for the club but I have no doubt you will be in the Premier League soon… hopefully joining Nottingham Forest!!!

With JT and his coaching staff in charge and Neill Blake, the club have fantastic people and I wish you all the best.

Lastly to the fans. It’s fair to say it was a bit of a love-hate relationship at the start with the countless bookings!!

But without doubt, you fans have made my footballing journey so enjoyable.

I have shared every emotion with you from the best moments in my life to, without doubt, the hardest moments.

But the love and support you all showed is something me and my family will never forget.

So thank you so much. I hope I’ve been able to do you as proud as you have done me.

Ten years have gone in a flash but Bournemouth will forever have a footprint in my heart.

All the best, H.