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Mahoney: I trust Howe with my career

Mahoney: I trust Howe with my career

AFC Bournemouth new signing Connor Mahoney has declared that the chance to work with Cherries manager Eddie Howe was the defining reason behind his move to the south coast.

Mahoney signed a four year contract at Dean Court following his move from Blackburn Rovers.

Mahoney had made his Football League debut for Accrington Stanley in August 2013 and made 6 appearances before joining Blackburn Rovers less than five months later.

He made 24 appearances for Blackburn Rovers, with all but 3 of those appearances coming during the 2016/17 campaign, including 3 appearances for Blackburn Rovers Under 23's in the Football League Trophy.

Mahoney looked keen to move from Blackburn following their relegation to the third tier of English football and was heavily linked with Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Mahoney had reportedly already had a medical and agreed personal terms with the Championship side, however due to Mahoney's age the clubs would need to agree a compensation fee and Nottingham Forest could not agree a fee with Blackburn Rovers.

This left the window open for AFC Bournemouth to make their move and the Nottingham Post reported...

'Howe hijacked the deal at the last minute, and the England youth international has ended up at Bournemouth, with the Cherries still thrashing out compensation with Blackburn.'

The report also made reference to the apparent situation that 'Mahoney rejected the chance to join Nottingham Forest's first team squad to join Bournemouth's Under-23s.'

Mahoney will initially be joining AFC Bournemouth's Under 21's squad, but will be in contention to compete for a place amongst the Cherries other wingers in Junior Stanislas, Marc Pugh, Ryan Fraser, Jordon Ibe and Maxi Gradel.

Mahoney told the Daily Echo...

"There were a few other clubs interested but as soon as I heard Bournemouth wanted me, with the chance to work under the gaffer here - it was an easy decision.

"He's one of the best managers around. I trust him with my career and, hopefully, he can help me to the next step.

"It's massive for me to be working under a manager who gives young talent a chance - that's what we need.'

Your Say...

northstandmark wrote...

Seems like exactly the sort of player who does well under Howe, a quick and direct attacker.

Would be good to have a look at him in pre-season and see where abouts he fits in the pecking order.
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Date:Friday July 14 2017
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