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Max Aarons: 5 things you didn’t know

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Defender Max Aarons has become the latest arrival at Vitality Stadium, signing from Norwich City.

The 23-year-old quickly follows the arrival of Alex Scott ahead of the beginning of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Aarons’ incoming marks the Cherries’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window so far.

Here are five things you might not know about the full-back…

1. Jamaican descent

While playing in the England youth ranks, Aarons is also eligible to represent Jamaica, with relatives in the Caribbean nation.

The defender is also cousins with winger Rolando Aarons, who has represented the Reggae Boyz on two occasions.

2. Experience aplenty

At just 23 years old, the Cherries’ new full back has already made over 200 senior appearances.

Divided between cup competitions and the top two flights of English football, Aarons has made all of his senior appearances for Norwich.

With 213 outings in total, 70 of his appearances have come in the Premier League.

3. Double title winner

To add to his list of experiences, the full-back was twice involved in title-winning sides with the Canaries.

His breakout campaign in 2018/19 was marked with a first-place finish and promotion to the top flight.

The feat was then repeated by City during the 2020/21 campaign to seal an immediate return to the Premier League, with Aarons playing in all bar one league match.

4. Team of the Season regular

In both of his promotion-winning campaigns, the young defender earned a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Season.

Not only did he make the EFL’s official teams, but on both occasions he featured in the PFA’s Team of the Season, too.

Alongside his spot in the team the first time around, he was also awarded the EFL Young Player of the Season accolade at the end of the 2018/19 term.

5. European champion

Following Alex Scott’s arrival earlier today, Aarons’ incoming makes for the second European champion signing in one day.

While Scott claimed the title in the summer of 2022 with England under-19s, Cherries’ new full-back achieved the same feat with England under-21s last month.

He made four appearances throughout the tournament and played the full match as the young Three Lions triumphed 1-0 over Spain in the final.

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