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Bournemouth's Harry Arter ready for League chance

Darron Gibson and Harry Arter
Arter (right) spent a year at non-league Woking

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter says he is relishing another chance to show what he can do in League football.

The 20-year-old former Charlton trainee was picked up by the Cherries from Blue Square South side Woking this summer.

And having already impressed in pre-season matches, Arter is ready to take his opportunity in League One.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "I've had bad injuries, so I just needed to someone to take a punt on me, and thankfully Eddie (Howe) and Jason (Tindall) did."

Arter is one of seven new signings added by the Cherries, following their promotion back up to League One.

He started his career as a junior at Charlton, and was handed a two-year professional deal by then Addicks boss Alan Pardew.

Arter said: "Everything was going really well for me at Charlton and I was looking forward to pushing on and get in the first team.

"But then I got chronic tendonitis in my Achilles after my debut, which put me out for four months. I then ruptured my Achilles too, which was another seven months out."

He added: "In that time everything had changed at Charlton - Alan Pardew had gone, the club were on the brink of getting relegated, and what they offered me at the time wasn't what I wanted to sign.

"So I made the decision to step down to non-league and get a full season under my belt, and hope that someone would take a punt on me. Luckily for me, Bournemouth have done that.

I'm sure I'll have a catch-up with Alan Pardew at the Southampton game. I think he'll be pleased with how things have worked out for me, because he felt a little bit sorry for me with all my injuries

Harry Arter

"I played over 50 games last season, so hopefully my problems are behind me now and I can push on with Bournemouth."

Through a quirk of the fixture list, Arter will come up against both his old club and his former manager in the opening two games of the season.

Bournemouth travel to Charlton on 7 August, before visiting Alan Pardew's Southampton in the Carling Cup the following Tuesday.

"I've got a lot of friends at Charlton still so I had a little smile to myself when that fixture came up," Arter continued.

"And I'm sure I'll have a catch-up with Alan Pardew at the Southampton game. I think he'll be pleased with how things have worked out for me, because he felt a little bit sorry for me with all my injuries.

"Even when I was injured, he always said he'd give me a chance if I could get fit. But unfortunately he left before I could get that chance."



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