AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter wants to realise his Premier League dream with the Cherries.
The 25-year-old wants to achieve his top flight ambitions at Dean Court, after both the club and manager Eddie Howe plucked him from non league side Woking for just £4,000 in June 2010.
Arter had previously been a trainee at Charlton before an Achilles injury stifled his progression, he was eventually released and went on to join Conference South side Woking.
He spent a year in non league before joining the Cherries just after the sides promotion from League Two.
He’s gone on to play a key role in the sides promotion from League One and establishing the club in the Championship, making 162 appearances to date for the club.
Arter told the Daily Echo…
‘…I made my debut in the League Cup when I was 17 and Charlton were in the Premier League. The natural progression for me was to become a Premier League player and not to take the route I took. As much as it helped, I wasn`t ready at the time.
“The Championship is a great level and I have still got a lot of learning to do. There is a lot of hard work to be done but my ambition will only be achieved if I reach the Premier League. Only then, and if I do well, would I look back and think I have done what I set out to do.
“I know I am a lot closer than I was five years ago. I don`t want to be disrespectful but I was a bit embarrassed to say I played in Conference South. If people asked what I did, I didn`t say I was a footballer.
“My friends were all at league clubs and that was what I had expected to do. It was a massive shock to the system and a real comedown. I`ve done well to get to where I am and we are doing well. If I could get there with Bournemouth, it would be a dream come true.”
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