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Cherries snap up non-league youngster

Posted: Tue 08 Jan 2013
Author: Kelly Somers

Goalscorer Harry Cornick after a Cherries XI beat Bristol Rovers 4-1.

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Highly rated non-league star Harry Cornick has today signed a contract with AFC Bournemouth.

After impressing in a trial with the club in November, the youngster has put pen to paper on a one-and-a-half-year deal, which allows him to continue playing for current club Christchurch before turning professional with the Cherries in July.

The 17-year-old, who can play either on the wing or up-front, featured in a development squad match against Bristol Rovers at the Goldsands Stadium during the trial. He made an immediate impression, scoring within minutes of coming on.

Despite being rumoured to have attracted interest from a host of other clubs including south coast rivals Southampton and Stoke City, the Poole Grammar School student has today committed his future to the Cherries, signing a contract that keeps him at the club until July 2014.  

"I'm pleased, it is a good opportunity for him to earn a career in the game," Eddie Howe told Hot Radio today. "We see something in him and hopefully he can enjoy his time with us and kick on."

"He has got a lot of potential, but he's also got a lot of work to do to get to where we want him. 

"He's got an eye for goal, we saw that in his first few days of training where he was impressive. In the reserve game we saw he had pace as well, and those two things together give you half a chance.

"In the short term he is going to finish his education and get his A-Levels, which we fully endorse. But next pre-season he will come in with us full-time and he will be in and around the first team squad."

To hear the interview with Eddie in its entirety, click here