AFC Bournemouth youngster Sam Surridge signed a new deal at the Cherries this week. He spoke exclusively to Buzz News last week and we followed up with the striker after he signed his new contract at Bournemouth, ahead of today’s U-21 friendly against QPR.
The 18-year-old has scored six goals in four appearances for AFC Bournemouth’s U-21 side since he returned injured from a loan at Poole Town FC.
Can you tell us a bit about your new contract?
“It’s until next summer, end of July. It’s a reward for how I’ve been doing.”
Has this been in the works for a long time?
It’s been going on for a while. I’m just happy to sign it.
How excited are you to sign up for another 18 months?
I’m buzzing. I’ve been here since I was 14 and I live around here. Signing another contract put me one step closer to the first team.
Does the new deal mean you’ll be staying at Bournemouth and not going out on loan?
Not 100%. We don’t know. I’m still hoping for a loan. They’re in no rush to get me out. We’ll know in the next few days.Something could happen in the next few days which could see me going out. I’m happy training at Bournemouth and staying here.
If you do stay, do you think that could signal a possible first team opportunity for you?
That’s what I’m hoping for. I just need to keep working hard. The strikers they’ve got at the moment need to play but when I get my chance hopefully I’ll take it.
Have you spoken to Cherries boss, Eddie Howe, about the new contract?
Yeah he’s congratulated me. He said well done, but it’s just another stepping stone. I’m glad to get it done and put it at the back of my head and work towards the next contract.
Why do you think Bournemouth have only offered you a short deal?
I think they do it because it keeps you grounded so I’ll work hard for my next one and hopefully it’s for longer.
Have you had a chance to train with the first team?
I mix and match (between the U-21s and first team). If someone (in the first team) has a little niggle I’ll be called up to train.
How important is it for you to test yourself against Premier League quality players in training?
You’re only going to get better training with them and it sharpens you up. It helps because it integrates you with the first team as well. If you do get called up you know what you’re doing. I want to get in and around the first team before the end of the season.
The AFC Bournemouth under-21s are in action on today at 1pm when they face Queens Park Rangers at home in a friendly at Canford Arena.