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Ritchie: A great opportunity

Ritchie: A great opportunity

New AFC Bournemouth signing Matt Ritchie believes he can go on to better things after making the move from Swindon Town.

Ritchie completed a transfer in the region of £500,000 on Wednesday night after the Cherries had a bid accepted by Swindon, who are in the midst of some financial insecurities and a takeover bid.

Ritchie's former club Portsmouth are set to receive around £40,000 from a sell on clause, from when he made the move from Portsmouth to Swindon permanently in January 2011.

The winger had three spells with Swindon joining the club on loan in February 2010 making four substitute appearances during a one month spell, he later re-joined the club in October that year making 17 appearances in a three month spell before he signed permanently for Swindon.

He went on to make a further 108 appearances and overall scored 28 goals and helped the side to promotion from League Two.

AFC Bournemouth and Ritchie have a agreed a three and a half year deal to keep him at Dean Court until the summer of 2016 and Ritchie believes that the team will win promotion to the Championship during his spell at the club.

Ritchie told

'...The uncertainty at Swindon obviously played a big part. I have had good times at Swindon, it was a great year and a half and I thank the gaffer (Paulo Di Canio) there for everything he has done.

'I felt like this was a great opportunity for me and hopefully we can go onto bigger and better things at Bournemouth.

'There's a good manager here (Eddie Howe) and the amount of quality throughout the squad is unbelievable for this league. If I am honest I can't see the club staying in this league for long.'

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Date:Thursday January 31 2013
Time: 9:08AM

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