JAMES Hill says Cherries will be "doing our things right" to try and ensure "talented players" like his England under-21 international teammate Jacob Ramsey remain "locked down" on Saturday.

Hill and Aston Villa midfielder Ramsey played together for the national side earlier this summer, in a European qualifier against Kosovo.

Ramsey is set to be part of the Villa side who face Cherries at Vitality Stadium on Saturday, in their Premier League opener, with Hill in line for a start for the hosts.

Discussing the threat of Ramsey, who scored six goals in 35 appearances last season, Hill told the Daily Echo: "Obviously he’s a great player, but I think we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing our things right and make sure these talented players are locked down.

"Obviously if we do that, we give ourselves the best opportunity of going into that game strong."

Looking ahead to the start of the campaign, Hill added: "I think everyone is really excited for it.

"Obviously to get the fans back in and have a full stadium and everyone roaring.

"I think everyone is so excited in the changing room, everyone keeps talking about how much this game is so important to all of us that we get a good start.

"So I think everyone is raring to go. When that whistle blows on Saturday, I think we’ll be ready for it and when that time comes, we’ll give ourselves the best opportunity to try and get three points."