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Lee Tomlin signs for AFC Bournemouth from Middlesbrough

Posted: Tue 04 Aug 2015

AFC Bournemouth have signed Lee Tomlin from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

Tomlin was one of the star players in the Sky Bet Championship last season, scoring ten goals in 50 appearances as Boro reached the play-off final.

“Lee is a player who we are excited about and will get fans off their seats,” chief executive Neill Blake said.

“He is someone we have followed for some time and believe will fit seamlessly into Eddie and Jason’s plans.

“The promotion race in the Championship last season was incredibly competitive and Lee was a key figure in a Middlesbrough side who went very close to going up.

“We believe he is ready to make the step up and look forward to seeing him play in the Premier League.

“Like the club, he has had to work hard to get to this point and is eager to make the most of this opportunity.

“We are very pleased with the business we have done this week, and on the whole this summer, and feel it is a marker of our ambitions this season.”

But the forward, who can also play in midfield, will now get the opportunity to play in the Barclays Premier League having risen through the divisions.

Having been released by hometown club Leicester City, he dropped into non-league, where he impressed for Rushden and Diamonds.

Peterborough United gave him the chance to play in the Football League and he won promotion through the play-offs in his first season at London Road.

The 26-year-old made the step up to the second tier and returned following the Posh’s relegation, moving to the Riverside on loan before making his stay permanent shortly afterwards.

Tomlin follows Max Gradel as the Cherries’ second signing in the final week before the start of the campaign and will be available to face Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium.