CHERRIES new boy Ryan Fredericks is keen to lend his experience to the younger members of the squad at the Vitality Stadium - but the right-back believes the team is 'more than capable' of 'doing the business in the Premier League.'

29-year-old Fredericks arrives on the south coast after four seasons with West Ham, where he featured 63 times for the London outfit.

Speaking with the club's website, Fredericks said: "I think hopefully I can bring my experiences from the last few years of playing in the Premiership to maybe some of the younger lads that haven't played.

"But from the games I've seen and what I've heard about the lads, they're more than capable, the young lads, of stepping up and doing the business in the Premier League.

"First of all, the intensity is a lot.

"You've got to be switched on for 90 minutes, you can be playing well for 89 minutes, and then one bit of magic from someone on the other team and if you switch off, you're going to get punished. "You (can’t) really make the types of mistakes in your own half, in your own box. You're going to get punished by world class players."

"I know the fitness coach, sports scientists, the team very well and I know how hard, he works the lads, but I'm looking forward to it.

"You've got to be really fit in this league. You've got to be ready to run for 90 minutes.

"And the shape they have the lads in last season, I think, was one of the main factors in them doing so well. "

Predominantly a right-back, Fredericks is also capable of playing further up the pitch, a position he was deployed in during his senior debut for Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Hammersmith-born Fredericks views himself as a defender that likes to get forward.

"First and foremost, I'm a defender," mentioned Fredericks.

"So I like to defend, but I enjoy getting forward and put balls in the box, I like getting assists and stuff like that, and hopefully bring a bit of excitement to the fans.