AFC Bournemouth left back Charlie Daniels insists that every player who has been added to the squad to add competition to his place has improved him as a player.
Daniels made the move to Dean Court in November 2011 from Leyton Orient for a fee of around £200,000.
In that time, the Cherries won promotion from the third tier of English football in 2013, swiftly followed by promotion to the Premier League in 2015, where AFC Bournemouth have now somewhat established themselves heading into a fourth consecutive season.
Daniels over that period has made almost 250 appearances and with a new contract running until 2020, he could well be targetting hitting the 300 mark.
But at the age of 31, competition for his left-back slot will most likely heat up.
Daniels has already seen off competition from veteran Ian Harte and most recently ex-Liverpool youngster Brad Smith.
Tyrone Mings was initially signed as a left-back but following a severe knee injury, he has since moved to a more central defensive position.
This summer, rumours have indicated that AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe does intend to strengthen once again with Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Leeds United and England Under 21’s left back Tom Pearce.
Daniels told the Daily Echo…
“…When competition comes in, you can go two ways.
“You can either lie down and roll over, or you can say it’s another challenge and look forward to it and try to make yourself better.
“Every year, we have all had to improve. Players have come in and we have had to up our game – I guess that’s what people don’t realise…”
“…I believe every left-back who has come in has improved me. I try to learn off everyone who has come in.
I will be absolutely gobsmacked if Howe sticks with Francis/Cook/Ake & Daniels for next season…it would be a huge mistake to rely on these two fullbacks to keep us tight at the back! – Join the conversation, click here.