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First Team

Scott signs for the Cherries


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

We are thrilled to confirm the signing of highly rated midfielder Alex Scott.

The 19-year-old joins on a permanent deal from Bristol City, signing a long-term deal at Vitality Stadium.

With nearly 100 appearances under his belt in professional football, Scott is a regular for England at youth level.

Following a stunning 2022/23 season, he was awarded the EFL Championship Young Player of the Season and was named in the Championship Team of the Season

Neill Blake, AFC Bournemouth chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alex to the club, who is one of the most exciting young players in Europe.

“He’s a player that has vast experience at such a young age with strong technical ability and a really good footballing brain.

“Alex will be an excellent fit in our system, and we’re excited to see him continue to develop under Andoni’s management.”

While in negotiations with Bristol City, we were made aware that Alex had sustained a knee injury during a recent training session. During the medical, scans revealed the injury to be more significant than was initially reported.

With the recovery process now outlined by our medical team, he will join up with the squad following a period of rehabilitation.

Born in Guernsey, Scott was part of Southampton’s academy as a youngster. He spent time training with the Cherries following his release but opted to reject a contract offer to take a break from football.

He returned to the game with local semi-professional club Guernsey, playing 15 times. Making his debut at the age of 16, he was the club’s youngest-ever player.

Scott transferred to Bristol City in 2020 and he made his first-team breakthrough in the 2021/22 campaign, playing 39 times in all competitions.

He was part of the England under-19 squad that won the UEFA European Championship in 2022, scoring in the semi-final win over Italy.

The midfielder, who can play in multiple positions, played a starring role for Bristol City in 2022/23, turning out 49 times and scoring two goals.

His performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup earned him particular plaudits with Pep Guardiola describing him as an “unbelievable player.”

Scott becomes the fifth signing of the summer transfer window with the Cherries seeing off competition from a number of clubs to secure his signature.

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