EAGER frontman Sam Surridge revealed how he was trying to take “little bits out of everything” said by new head coach Scott Parker to improve himself as a player.

Former England midfielder Parker has had three-and-a-half weeks in the hotseat at Cherries, as he looks to implement his coaching philosophy at Vitality Stadium.

Parker’s illustrious playing career saw him capped 18 times by his country, as well as being named England player of the year in 2011.

He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award during the 2003-04 campaign, as well as playing more than 350 games at England’s elite level for the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Fulham.

Surridge, 22, has risen through Cherries’ academy to become one of the leading lights of the club’s player pathway in recent years.

But with a new coaching structure in place, the England under-21 international is looking to enhance his game further under Parker.

Speaking about his new head coach, Surridge told the Daily Echo: “He’s had a great career, a top career – everything all the players here aspire to get to.

“I think just almost anything he says you kind of try to take little bits out of everything that he is trying to teach us.

“Whether that is tactically or technically, you pick up little bits from different coaches – it’s always good having a new face to come and learn stuff off.

“I think at Bournemouth it had been quite unique in terms of there has only been one manager for a while.

“At a lot of other clubs there are managers changing all the time. For Bournemouth it was a lot different, someone else from outside coming in.

“But I think it’s been good. The past three weeks everyone has kind of taken on what the new manager wants. Everyone is listening and trying to do the best they can.”

Surridge himself made 35 appearances last season as Cherries finished sixth in the Championship and missed out on promotion via the play-offs.

He came on as part of a youthful group of players for the latter stages of the club’s 2-1 pre-season defeat to Granada in Spain on Monday – donning the captain’s armband for the Dorset club.

“It was a nice touch but I was probably the oldest one out there!” he admitted.

“I was coming through and suddenly you are one of the oldest (of that group). I have come a long way and it’s nice.

“But I think all the young lads that came on did really well – they (Granada) didn’t really have any opportunities when we came on and I felt like we could have nicked something at the end.

“I felt like they all did themselves credit, to be honest.”

With Cherries now back in the UK following their nine-day pre-season training camp in Marbella, Parker’s side are set to host Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night.

“It’s one of the hardest pre-season’s I’ve done personally but it’s been good,” said former Poole Town and Weymouth loan ace Surridge.

“It was definitely beneficial to us and it was needed I think.

“We are looking forward to Chelsea next week.”