Cherries star Steve Cook keen to emulate ever present season

By Ned Payne

Cherries star Steve Cook keen to emulate ever present season

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DETERMINED Steve Cook has set his sights on equalling his ever present Premier League season for Cherries.

Centre-half Cook did not miss a single minute of his team's 38 games, making him one of just five players in the top flight to achieve that feat.

The other ever present players were Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson, Southampton's Fraser Forster and West Brom's Ben Foster.

A key performer as Cherries finished ninth in the table, Cook's ability to remain available through the campaign was what pleased him most.

He told the Daily Echo: "I went into the season and I wanted to play more games than last year and I managed to do that.

"Now I have set my standards higher and I want to continue to do that for many years to come.

"I managed to stay injury free and have been able to be selected, I think that's the most important thing for me.

"The manager picked me week in, week out. I'm just really pleased that I put myself in the position to be available."

Cook's impressive displays were rewarded when he won the prestigious Daily Echo-Micky Cave supporters’ player-of-the-year award.

The 26-year-old recorded a landslide victory, earning more than 50 per cent of the vote.