Date:Monday July 23 2012
AFC Bournemouth legend Steve Fletcher is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a Cherries player.
On 23rd July 1992, former Cherries manager Tony Pulis signed Fletch from Hartlepool for a transfer fee of £30,000.
During his first stint at Dean Court between July 1992 and June 2007 the striker made 581 appearances.
He spent 19 months away from the club after he was released by former manager Kevin Bond, but re-joined the club in January 2009 and was the catalyst behind Eddie Howe's squad avoiding relegation out of the Football League.
Since his return he has added an extra 134 appearances to his record breaking tally and with one year remaining on his current contract the 39 year old intends to continue setting new records at AFC Bournemouth.
But with his 40th birthday later this week, Fletch was asked by the Daily Echo just what he thinks the future holds.
He has already taken to a new ambassadorial role, promoting the club on local radio and doing community work with schools and he still intends to return to coaching, but for now he is concentrating on extending his playing career.
'...First and foremost, I am a player and my heart and soul is in playing. I will address the situation towards the end of the season and if I feel good and as good as I have in the past few seasons, then I will ask Paul and Shaun for another contract or see where I stand.
'I would love to get back into coaching but you have to wait for the opportunity and something will arise. I want to be at the football club and that is where I would like to stay. Things will materialise and I will probably get a better picture of what is going to happen for me after the turn of the year. I am not going to turn round and say this is my final year as a player.
'I have been involved in football for 24 years and I am institutionalised in that way and I am not going to say I have had enough just for the sake of it. I couldn`t do that - it would break my heart.
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Date:Monday July 23 2012
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