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Partington puts pen to paper

Posted: Fri 21 Jun 2013

Joe Partington on the ball in the home fixture against Walsall.

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Joe Partington is looking forward to continuing his transition from midfielder to defender after signing a new two-year contract.

Partington, who put pen to paper this afternoon, is hoping to further his progress under the Cherries coaching staff and alongside Tommy Elphick, Steve Cook, Miles Addison and new signing Elliott Ward.

“I can’t wait to get going again once I’m fit. The gaffer has come back and he sees me as a defender, which is something I completely agree with,” he told

“I love working with him and Jason (Tindall) on the training ground. Obviously, they played at the back and have great knowledge, so I’ve really enjoyed learning from them.

“I’ve benefitted from their experience no end and I’ve learned a lot from Tommy too. He has played a lot of games even though he’s still young and he’s been great with me since he’s been here.

“I’m close to Cookie and I’ve spent a lot of time with Miles this summer, so it’s good to learn from those guys.”

Partington has stepped up his rehabilitation from a fractured leg in recent weeks and is optimistic about his chances of returning to training at the end of July.

“I’ve had a little bit of a break but while the boys have been away, I’ve stayed here,” he said.

“I’ve started running on an anti-gravity machine and, in the main, everything feels good and is going quite well. 

“If it stays like that then I should hopefully be able to join in with training in four weeks’ time.

“It’s a bit strange for me at the moment with not being able to join in straight away, but hopefully I can be involved at the end of pre-season.”