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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 afcb.co.uk...

'...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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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 31 2013

Time: 9:08AM

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Welcome to AFCB Matt...hope that you will be a big part in our push for The Championship...
garbo
Great signing - hopefully the catalyst for promotion. Well done to everyone involved in getting Matt at a great price - good piece of business!
Northbourne cherry
What a difference a year makes! Poor old Swindon may be going down with the Luton Town! Remember where we were those few seasons ago? This is probably a major signing and big well done. A robin has joined a chicken.......!! (Now if we can get Liam Feeney back into midfield then we might really openup the defences! Its too soon to plan for champioship football but we, on recent form, will go up automatically. Early doors I know but it would be great to play Southampton again wouldn't it?!?
St Albans cherry
I can't help but sympathise with the Swindon and Pompey fans. We've been there and know what it's like! The pressures on us now - expectations will be higher. Let's hope Eddie and the boys can push on to the Championship.
Northbourne cherry
^^Liam Feeney??? Why on earth would we want him back now.
Will-AFCB
 

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