Date:Wednesday June 19 2013
New AFC Bournemouth signing Elliott Ward believes the step up to the Championship will be a tough challenge for the newly promoted Cherries.
The 28 year old defender joined the Cherries on Tuesday on a free transfer from Premier League side Norwich.
The centre back played a part in his former sides promotion to the top tier of English football, before spending last season on loan with Championship side Nottingham Forest.
But the challenge of joining Eddie Howe's squad is what has tempted him to Dean Court, signing a twelve month contract and now Ward is excited by joining a team which has made positive progress in recent seasons.
Ward told the Daily Echo...
'...This is a club that is progressing quite well and getting promotion was massive. Everything is coming along quite steadily and I am happy to be here and to be a part of it.
"In terms of the club progressing, they have done it slowly and the next step is the Premier League. I am not saying we will do that within a year but you never know what can happen in football...'
'...I am not telling Bournemouth supporters to start getting excited and won't be making any bold statements about us going straight up. It depends how you start and you have to be consistent. If you get consistency throughout the squad and the team, there is a good chance. You also need a bit of luck along the way and it is going to be a big test but one I am up for. It is a big challenge for me and that is what excited me as well."
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Date:Wednesday June 19 2013
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