DANNY Hollands is vowing to pull out all the stops in a bid to rediscover his form after admitting his concerns at becoming a weak link in the Cherries squad.

Hollands, who was crowned supporters’ player of the year in 2008, was this week relieved of the captaincy following a heart-to-heart with boss Eddie Howe.

Appointed at the start of this season, the 24-year-old has been replaced as team captain by Jason Pearce with Steve Fletcher returning as club captain, a post he held under Sean O’Driscoll.

In a candid interview with the Daily Echo, Hollands pulled no punches regarding his recent dip in form and also spoke about his determination to put it right.

Hollands said: “I’ve spoken to Eddie a few times and have agreed with him that I haven’t been performing as well as I would have liked or as well as I did last season.

“He said giving the captaincy to Jason might take a bit of pressure off and help me concentrate on my own game. It was good of him to see that and to try to help me.

“It isn’t nice when you aren’t playing to the potential you know you can and I know what I’ve got to do. It’s a challenge and I’m up for that challenge.

“Eddie can see I’ve been getting frustrated. I’ve got to make sure I get my game right and I want to do it for the team. If I’m not performing well, I’m a weakness to the team.

“People go through dips in form and it’s up to me to get back to how I want to be playing. I’m not the only one and some of the other lads have agreed that they haven’t been performing either. I know I’ve got to step up my game and I know a few of the other lads feel the same about themselves.

“We all feel there is plenty more to come and are desperate to achieve something this season. But if we keep performing like we are, we might not achieve anything and we don’t want that to happen.”

Hollands, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was appointed by Howe just weeks after he had threatened to leave Dean Court over the non-payment of outstanding wages.

Asked whether he was still 100 per cent committed to the cause, Hollands replied: “Nobody could ever question my commitment. I’ve been here four years and want to help the club achieve something.

“I’ve been through relegation and administration and my commitment has never waived and it never would. The club is moving forward and I want to help it achieve its aim.

“This is a great club and deserves to be back in League One. Every player in the squad wants to make sure that happens and we will do everything we can to make sure we get there.”