Josh McQuoid has revealed that he wants to stay at Dean Court and is discussing a new contract.

The Cherries hotshot delivered the news fans wanted to hear after hitting a second consecutive hat-trick in the victory over Walsall.

McQuoid, 20, continued his rapid rise by making his senior debut for Northern Ireland last night. The homegrown frontman came off the bench at half time and won a penalty to help his side draw 1-1 against Morocco.

His arrival on the international stage, together with the form which has seen the local lad score 11 goals this season, has led to McQuoid being thrust into the media spotlight this week.

McQuoid’s performances are also likely to have caught the attention of rival clubs.

But chairman Eddie Mitchell said in yesterday’s Echo that he wanted to retain the services of McQuoid, who signed a one-year deal in May.

And in an interview after Cherries’ 3-0 victory over Walsall on Saturday, broadcast on Cherries Player, McQuoid revealed he wanted to stay with the high-flying League One outfit.

Responding to questions from the Echo’s Neil Perrett, he said: “I’m just concentrating on playing my football at the moment.

“I’m just glad to be playing, I’ve told the manager I want to stay here.

“I want to be playing week in, week out, and just do as well as I can for the club.

“I think Eddie (Howe) has helped me massively and I think he’s going to help me massively (in the future).

“He works on my game every day and gives me good advice, also with Jason (Tindall) as well, and it’s a great team to be involved in and I’m just looking towards the future.”

When asked if there were any developments on a new contract, McQuoid added: “I’ve been speaking to the manager about it and we’re just trying to get it sorted as soon as possible.”

Cherries boss Howe told the Echo: “Josh has done great and we’d like him to stay.

“We’re in negotiations and we’re hopeful we can get it concluded as soon as possible.”

Cherries’ consecutive hat-trick scorers – 1926 Ron Eyre: April 5 in 4-1 win over QPR and April 10 in 4-3 win over Brighton, both in Division Three (South).

1928 Ron Eyre: October 27 in 6-2 win over Bristol Rovers and November 3 in 3-0 win over Watford, both in Division Three (South).

1957 Brian Bedford: November 9 in 4-0 win over Millwall in Division Three (South) and November 16 in 5-1 win over Oswestry Town in FA Cup first round.

2010 Josh McQuoid: November 6 in 5-3 win over Tranmere Rovers in FA Cup first round and November 13 in 3-0 win over Walsall in League One.