With the 2017/18 Premier League campaign now at a close and all of the players either away on International duty or on their holidays, AFC Bournemouth have announced that they will be releasing six players.
Of those six, two have been regular members of the Cherries first team squad from time to time, most notably goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, who played a key role in AFC Bournemouth’s final run in during their promotion from League One in 2013.
The now 25-year-old joined the Cherries in January 2013 on a free transfer from Leyton Orient.
He broke into the side in March of that year, replacing Shwan Jalal and after defeat to Doncaster Rovers on his debut, the Cherries would go on to win 8 consecutive games clinching promotion from League One.
Allsop maintained his place as first choice as the Cherries began the 2013/14 season in the Championship, but after three months he lost his place to new signing Lee Camp.
Since that point, he has only played a bit part role in AFC Bournemouth’s climb from the second tier into the Premier League.
The 2015/16 season saw Allsop make his Premier League debut, replacing injured Adam Federici at half time against Everton.
The other first team player was central defender Baily Cargill.
Cargill came through the youth system at AFC Bournemouth, making 11 appearances including one appearance in the Premier League.
Cargill made his Premier League debut for AFC Bournemouth away to Manchester United, after coming on for the final 12 minutes with the score at 1-1 and the Cherries having been down to 10 men since the first half.
He has also represented England at Under 20’s level.
The other players to be released come via the development squad, they are Ollie Harfield, Sam Matthews, Patrick O’Flaherty and Joe Quigley.
All four have experience in the lower leagues and non-league.
Just my opinion, no insider info
Rocky – Well we all know he’s capable, but obviously been outgrown by the club, will carve a decent career at Lg 1, maybe Championship if someone takes a chance or he gets a team promoted and they stick around
Sam Matthews – Looked good as a youngster, obviously talented, in one of my favourite shirts ever he looked like might have a future against Real Madrid, but then so did Mo Coulibaly
Baily Cargill – We all excited as he broke into the side, but then got injured and that hampered his progress. He’s had a cracking season with Partick, they bloody love him, but if we offer a one/two season deal in the hope that he can recreate it here then we’re wasting his time and ours. If we offer longer he still might not make it. Maybe this one stings us, but fair play to him, he’ll have offers. At some point, we have to let these guys explore a career rather than keeping them hanging on in hope
Joe Quigley – Had really high hopes for Joe, big lad, brave as hell, gets amongst defenders, reminded me of all the good things about Vokes. Not scared of a scrap, but once again, at his age, if he’s not excelling in Lg One or at least impressing in the Championship then we have to cut loose and let him seek out a career. Unfortunately, his loan spells were always at clubs too low to really see whether he could do it here
Ollie Harfield – Not really seen too much of him in truth, had a few run outs for the first team and didn’t ever let us down, but unlike Cargill never caught a headline either. No point signing someone just in the hope that we might get a fee, that’s holding these kids to ransom
Patrick O’Flaherty – never sen too much of him, and at first-team level we’re well stocked for keepers, and also at youth level we have a few keepers coming through, In fact I see a few different names on team sheets at that level most seasons so he’s not been able to pin down a spot
edit: I say this but have just realised that maybe Patrick O Flaherty isn’t the keeper we once signed, and might actually be a forward, but either way my point is still relevant, hasn’t been regularly on team sheets at any level
Sadly I just think this batch got unlucky with our stay at this level. As others have said, if we had stayed at L1 or even Championship, I think Cargill and Harfield at least would have stayed around, maybe even Matthews. Bailly is possibly unlucky that Simpson has emerged while he has been elsewhere.
I think these three will find decent clubs, maybe even Quigley as well, maybe Cargill will get a deal at Partick for example.
Don’t think Tednphil is correct, a little harsh, a lot of clubs will have players that seem great in their teens but don’t come through to their first teams. – Join the conversation, click here.