MICHAEL Dacosta Gonzalez says the chance to join Crawley Town on loan was “too good to turn down”.

The 19-year-old has completed his first loan move away from Cherries, having come through the club’s academy.

The Spain-born winger has exciting potential, impressing for the club’s development squad last season.

He has been named on the bench for five Premier League matches, four of which came last season, but he is yet to feature for the first team.

Dacosta Gonzalez was rewarded with a new three-year contract this summer.

But he will spend the first year of that away in Sussex, with League One Crawley.

Discussing the move, Dacosta Gonzalez told the Red Devils’ club media: “I am very excited to have joined Crawley.

“It’s my first loan, so I am excited to get the deal sorted.

“I would like to thank the manager for putting his trust in me.

“I was supposed to do pre-season with Bournemouth, but the loan opportunity was too good to turn down.

“So I am here now and I can’t wait to get started and get playing.”

Crawley have upcoming friendlies against Lewes, East Grinstead, Wealdstone, Crystal Palace, Aldershot and Ebbsfleet United.

The big kick-off then comes on Saturday, August 10, at home against Blackpool in Crawley’s first League One match since 2015.

It comes following promotion last season, where Scott Lindsey’s side beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley, having thrashed Milton Keynes Dons 8-1 over two legs in the semis.

Among Crawley’s other summer signings is left-back Scott Malone, who scored six goals in 37 appearances for Cherries in the 2011-12 season.

Upon signing his new Cherries contract earlier this summer, Dacosta Gonzalez told afcbTV: “It’s an honour and a privilege.

“I’ve been here since I was 11 and the club is only going one way and that’s up. I’m really pleased and, hopefully, I can go all the way.

“I really want to do well for this club.

“I hope this isn’t the last long-term contract I get offered by this club and hope I can just keep going all the way. Playing for this club in the Premier League is the dream.

“The club is amazing. The whole philosophy of the club I’m in love with.”

Development squad boss Alan Connell added: “We are delighted that Michael has signed a new long-term contract.

“He’s a young player who has been at the club for a number of years. He has huge potential that we are starting to see.

“He still has a long way to go but it’s part of our strategic plan to tie down our best young players and we are delighted to get Michael to commit his future to us.”