AFC Bournemouth are pleased to announce the contract extension of Steve Cook. Ahead of the 2016/2017 season, the club is looking to secure the future of their top players.
The center-back arrived on loan from Brighton in 2011 season and has since climbed through the club’s system. He was a major contributor in helping the Cherries secure a ticket to the Premiership last summer, and he showed that he can hold his own amongst the Premier league attackers.
Just like the Bournemouth official sponsor, the Mansion group – an online gambling giant who owns several online casinos like Casino.com, Cook has come to stay at the club. He was a regular fixture in the 2015/2016 season, where he made 36 league appearances. Despite playing from the defense, he managed to contribute four goals and one assist for the club.
Having arrived at the club for a meagre fee in the region of £150k, the player has seen his stock rise, he currently can stand toe-to-toe with league best defenders. The four man-of-the-match awards he got
last season speaks volume for him, and it is quite an outstanding achievement that the club have managed to secure his signature
His performances have not gotten unnoticed by the top Premier league sides, as there are reports that the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea are lurking around for his signature.
Arsenal are particularly in need of a center-back since the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are in the 30’s, the jury is still out on Gabriel Paulista, which makes it imperative that a reliable midfielder would be recruited this summer. However, I doubt if Eddie Howe would sanction the transfer of one of his best defender.
Perhaps, it was Arsenal’s interest in the player that prompted the need for the club to tie him down to a new contract. From official reports, he has signed a three-year deal which will see his stay at
the Liberty stadium span until the summer of 2019.
The 25-year-old took to his twitter account to express his joy over signing a new deal at the club.
— Adam Smith (@AdamSmith912) May 20, 2016
Bournemouth finished 16th on the log last season, and will be hoping to improve on that next season.