SCOTT Parker declared himself "very impressed" with rising star Nathan Moriah-Welsh, adding how he feels his time playing with Guyana has brought "great development for him".

Moriah-Welsh was part of Parker's first-team squad all season, having joined up for pre-season last summer.

Primarily a midfielder, he made two senior appearances during the last campaign, both as a full-back.

The former Chelsea and Reading youngster, who joined Cherries in 2018, made his first-team debut with an impressive 90-minute display against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.

He then started against in the next round, but was subbed off as Cherries were humbled 1-0 by Boreham Wood.

The London-born ace, who was an unused substitute for seven Championship fixtures last season, is currently away on international duty with Caribbean nation Guyana.

Moriah-Welsh has been competing in the CONCACAF Nations League and took to nine his tally of caps during Saturday's 6-2 defeat to Haiti.

Despite the loss, it was a memorable occasion for the Cherries talent, as he scored his first goal on the international stage.

The hosts got off to a nightmare start at the Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Leonora, falling 2-0 behind inside 10 minutes.

However, Moriah-Welsh teed up Emery Waterman to pull a goal back.

Haiti then stormed into a 5-1 lead, before Moriah-Welsh fired in from the edge of the box on the stroke of half time, for his first goal for the Golden Jaguars.

Moriah-Welsh, who penned a new deal with Cherries in August 2021, made his Guyana debut against the Bahamas five months earlier.

Explaining his call-up at the time, the 20-year-old said: "It was when the Bournemouth under-23s played QPR and one of their players was a Guyana international.

“He messaged me after the game to ask if I’d ever thought about playing for Guyana, which at the time I hadn’t – but he got me in touch with the head scout Faizal Khan who gave me more information.

“He told me about where the football federation was heading and what their vision was. I had two choices - Grenada on my father’s side or Guyana on my mother’s, and I ultimately chose Guyana.

"It’s a lovely place. My grandparents go on a four-to-six month holiday there every few years.

"The team’s operations manager rang me and asked if I’d like to come out and represent Guyana which I agreed to very quickly."

Asked how much Moriah-Welsh's experiences with Guyana have helped him progress as a player, boss Parker told the Daily Echo: "I’ve been very impressed with him. He’s trained with us all year and he’s done very well.

"He’s still a young boy, still growing. Those experiences, going away internationally, different environments, different cultures, playing a different style of football will all be great learning for him and great development for him, in terms of his all-round game really.

"So yeah, they’re good experiences of him."

Discussing the midfielder's progress since he first met him last summer, Parker added: "I see him developing in the right way.

"We’ll see how he goes through pre-season and we’ll have to weigh up whether there’s a loan for him to go and get some football, or whether there’s an opportunity here.

"But at this present moment in time, I see him developing.

"We’re trying him in different positions, just to give him that broader spectrum.

"Putting him out of his comfort zone at times and probably just trying to bring his all-round game on a lot more. And he’s doing well with that."