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Partington targeting Welsh dream

Joe Partington
Partington hopes regular first team football will help his International career

Bournemouth midfielder Joe Partington wants to follow in the footsteps of former team-mate Sam Vokes and become a full Wales international.

The Welsh Under-19 captain has established himself in the Cherries side since Eddie Howe took charge.

Wolves striker Vokes left the Cherries last May and has now won five caps.

Partington told BBC Radio Solent: "Every young footballer aspires to be like Vokes. He's a great role model even though he's also my friend."

Partington has started the last two Cherries matches and scored in the home win over Bury last month.

The 18-year-old came through the Bournemouth youth ranks with Sam Vokes under the watchful eye of Cherries coach Joe Roach.

Wales coach Brian Flynn has also been a big influence on the teenager.

"I've got a good relationship with him," said Partington. "He's the Wales manager from under 17-21.

"I've been with him the whole time growing up through the Welsh environment.

"He's got a lot of nice things to say about me and he helps me along and he keeps tabs on me, so it's all good."

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