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Defoe: Howe wants to improve me

Defoe: Howe wants to improve me

Returning AFC Bournemouth legend Jermain Defoe is excited by the prospect of improving as a player under Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

Jermain Defoe has returned to the south coast 17 years after he first joined the club on loan.

Defoe joined on loan from West Ham United in October 2000.

He made his Football League debut in the old Division Two, scoring in a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City.

Ten league games later he had already notched 12 times, also during that period he scored in the FA Cup against Gillingham.




During his stint at the club he became a legend amongst the fans with his number 27 shirt number retired for many seasons, with the number given to the fans of the north stand for a long period.

After 268 club goals for the likes of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur and at the age of 34, Defoe is excited about improving under Howe, especially in a World Cup year.

Defoe told afcb.co.uk...

'There`s many reasons I`ve come back, in the back of my mind I`ve always thought about it.

Watching the club come from where it`s come from to the Premier League it was always at the back of my mind watching that maybe one day it would happen, and that would be a dream...'

'...When we first spoke ahead of the move, he (Eddie Howe) said "I would like to improve you." For me, that was huge - even at the age of 34 and that`s a mark of him really.

That made me so excited to be here and I can`t wait to get my boots on and get started.



Your Say...

The Alchemist wrote...

Always thought he would probably end up doing coaching here so would not be surprised to see him as part of our coaching staff as his contract runs down.

He's played under some amazing managers in his time so is well set on that front.

You learn far more about management when times are tough than when you do well so I'm sure he learnt a boat load of stuff over the past couple of years.
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Writer:DJ
Date:Tuesday July 11 2017
Time: 5:00AM

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