Date:Thursday June 12 2014
Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban has spoken about how much he enjoyed his time on the south coast with AFC Bournemouth.
Grabban agreed to join the Cherries on 31st May 2012 from League Two side Rotherham United.
Grabban had spent just one season with Rotherham after moving from Brentford. He scored 18 goals in League Two making him the joint top goalscorer for the 2011/12 season.
During his first season with the Cherries he scored 13 goals in 47 appearances as AFC Bournemouth won promotion from League One.
After scoring just once in his opening 11 appearances, he scored his next 12 goals over 22 games before failing to score over the final 14 fixtures.
During the Cherries Championship season of 2013/14, Grabban became the clubs leading scorer in the second tier of English football scoring 22 goals.
His eventual departure seemed imminent as in January 2014 he held talks with Brighton & Hove Albion, after they triggered a £1.1million release clause.
The Cherries convinced him to stay with a new contract, which appeared to include a new release clause in the region of £3million.
Cardiff City were the first team to trigger the new clause, but Grabban opted to move to Norwich instead, ending his association with the Cherries.
Grabban told the Daily Echo...
"I enjoyed every moment of my time at Bournemouth. It was a good time in their history and I was glad to be a part of their accomplishments.
"There were a lot of highlights. Winning promotion was special as was setting a club record for the highest second-tier finish.
"Early on last season we got beaten quite heavily by a few teams but by the time we played them for the second time, we were much better.
"The improvement the squad made was a highlight and the general journey over the last two years was great to be a part of."
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