AFC Bournemouth midfielder Frank Vincent has signed a new one-year contract extension with the club.
The midfielder has been a prominent member of the under-21s set up this season under Carl Fletcher and has also stepped up to train with the first team recently.
The former QPR and Barnet youngster signed for the club last season and shared his delight at the extension.
“Obviously I’m extremely happy to have achieved this, just to make my family proud is a great feeling”, he began.
“Coming to a Premier League club and having my contract extended is a big moment for me. I just want this journey to continue. I’ve been enjoying it so much and I’ve improved so much over the season so it’s been a great learning curve for me.
“Pre-season was a big shock for me, the training intensity was really really high and now I’ve got used to it.
“Carl Fletcher and Mark Molesley have been working hard on me and putting pressure on me and it’s made me a better player.
“Every day I feel like I’m improving and that’s a great feeling. I’m happy to wake up in the morning and come into training so I’ve been massively influenced by the coach. My teammates have also been great, the quality of the players around certainly rubs off and that really helps a lot.”
The 18-year-old also shed light on how the news was broken to him and his pride at being handed the extension.
“In the past in my football career, I’ve been told that I’m too small or not physically there. I’ve always been told that I have the ability but I’m not strong enough,” Vincent continued.
“A lot of times I’ve had conversations with managers and I’ve know that it’s not going to end well. This is the first meeting that I went into expecting good news.
“It was funny because Fletch made a joke. We started talking about the season and he started with ‘unfortunately’, but then he told me they’d have to keep me on.
“We’ve all heard that talk for real but in the back of my head I was worried that he wasn’t joking! Knowing that they want me to be here and improve here makes me very proud.
“I’ve also been involved with the first team two or three times and the quality of play there is so high. It just makes you want to be there and train there every day and it makes me even more determined to get there.
“It’s showed me how high the quality in the Premier League is.”