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Connor Mahoney signs for AFC Bournemouth


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AFC Bournemouth have signed winger Connor Mahoney from Blackburn Rovers.

The 20-year-old, who has represented England at under-17 and under-18 level, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Vitality Stadium and will join the club’s under-23 squad.

Mahoney’s contract at Ewood Park expired at the end of June, and the club are continuing to discuss satisfactory compensation with Blackburn.

Starting his career at Accrington Stanley, Mahoney made his debut in August 2013, aged just 16.

Four months later he earned a move to Blackburn and made 21 appearances, the majority of which came from the substitutes’ bench.

“I think I’m ready to step up and challenge myself,” said Mahoney.

“I’m a young, hungry player, who wants to attack and get past my man.

“I like to get fans off their seat and I’m trying to make my way in the game.

“Working with Eddie Howe and his coaching staff will be a dream come true, so to be able to do that day in, day out will get the best out of me.”

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Connor to the football club.

“He is a player we have very high hopes for. He has a lot of potential and hopefully it will be a really good deal for both him and us.

“He put in a number of eye-catching appearances for Blackburn in a short space of time at the end of last season, so we quickly evaluated the situation and made a move for him.

“There’s a lot more to come from him and we will look to develop his talent.”

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “The club has a good track record of developing young players and we believe this is the right place for Connor to continue to progress.

“We see a lot of potential in him. Connor is a very good player, with great enthusiasm and a first-class attitude, and has all the attributes to have a bright future at the club.”

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