LOYAL Danny Hollands has pledged his future to Cherries and targeted an against-the-odds promotion push next season.

The central midfielder, who won the Daily Echo/Micky Cave supporters' player of the year award for his sterling performances last term, handed the Dean Court outfit a huge boost by agreeing a new two-year deal, in principle.

And despite the likelihood of the club being hit by a 15-point penalty in League Two, Hollands has not ruled out a charge to the upper echelons of the division.

Speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday after confirming his future, the 22-year-old said: "I think we can get promoted.

"Everyone says about the 15 points but Leeds nearly did it, so I think we can do it.

"This year I hope we can have a bit more luck and look to go up, rather than getting relegated."

Hollands' re-signing means that Cherries have kept hold of all but one of their out-of-contract stars, with just centre-half Josh Gowling opting to leave.

Kevin Bond's side will also have to make do without Sam Vokes, who was sold to Wolves last month, but Hollands thinks the team is strong.

He said: "We've got Brett to come in for Vokesy and Ryan Garry, if he can keep fit, is a class act as well.

"We've got a good team."

The former Chelsea reserve team skipper, who attracted interest from League One clubs, revealed that staying with Cherries was always his preferred option and that the club's supporters played a part in his decision.

"I wanted to stay if I could anyway, there was never any doubt about it," the Middlesex-born star told the Daily Echo.

"I spoke to another couple of clubs but in the end nothing materialised. My first choice was always to stay.

"The fans are great and I had quite a few asking me to stay, which is nice.

"If the fans want you to stay it's really nice. It's good to have their support."

Cherries manager Bond admitted he was "extremely pleased" to keep hold of fans' favourite Hollands.

He said: "Apart from Josh, we've managed to hang on to everybody, which is good.

"The players must think we can do half-decent, otherwise they probably wouldn't have put pen to paper, so that's encouraging.

"Danny had a really good year and improved no end and I'm delighted he's finally decided to sign another contract."

He added: "I'm perfectly happy with the midfield and it's important to keep everybody fit.

"They all know one another well and, for the most part, complement each other well.

"It's an area where we've got four good players."

Hollands joins fellow midfielders Darren Anderton, Shaun Cooper and Marvin Bartley in deciding to stay with Cherries, while youth team graduate Joe Partington will also add competition for places.