RECENT recruit Lorenzo Davids is relishing a new challenge with Cherries after this week putting the finishing touches to his move to Goldsands Stadium.

Davids, who is a cousin of former Ajax, Juventus and Holland star Edgar Davids, linked up for the first time with Paul Groves’s squad on Monday after signing a two-year deal.

Born in Suriname, the 25-year- old holds a Dutch passport and had plied his trade in the top flight in both Holland and Germany before joining Cherries on a free transfer.

Capped at under-21 level by Holland, Davids was on the books at Utrecht and Feyenoord before making a name for himself with NEC Nijmegen.

The versatile midfielder, who described himself as “aggressive” and said he liked a tackle, played for FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga last season.

Davids is currently receiving treatment for a knee injury and anticipates starting full training with his new team-mates in around a fortnight.

Speaking to the media for the first time yesterday, Davids said: “This is a new adventure for me.

It is a dream come true to join a club in England. The ambition of this club was a really big thing for me.

“It was difficult for me because I felt I needed to be fit before I came here. My agent told me Bournemouth were interested so I went on the Internet to research the club and the town. He said I needed to see it with my own eyes and, as soon as I had, I wanted to come here.

“I have always followed English football. I know about the Premier League and the Championship but not too much about League One.”

Davids, who is represented by the same management agency as striker Frank Demouge, was a guest of director Tom Mitchell at Cherries’ last home game against Preston.

“There is a great group of players here,” said Davids, who listed his favourite English player as Manchester United’s Paul Scholes. “There is good competition for places and it is better to have a few players battling for one position because that makes the team and players better.

“I watched the game a couple of weeks ago and there are a couple of things we have to change. We have to cut out the mistakes. But the team is getting better every week and, at the end of the season, hopefully we can celebrate.

“We need to score more goals. If you score one more goal than your opponent, you are always going to win!”

Asked about cousin Edgar, he replied: “I speak to him nearly every day. He is an important person for me. We play in the same position and I can only learn from him.

“His experience is incredible but I have to do it for myself. That is what he has always told me. You have to work hard to make it happen.”