Date: 15th July 2019 at 5:54pm
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AFC Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Mark Travers has signed a new “long-term contract” with the Cherries.

Travers had reportedly already had two years remaining on his current contract, so his improved deal should take him at the very least beyond the summer of 2022.

Travers became the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in October 2006, when he was handed his first Premier League start in May against Tottenham Hotspur.

Travers would go on to be awarded man of the match following a string of fine saves, with AFC Bournemouth winning 1-0.

He would go on to keep his place for the final game of the season away at Crystal Palace.

His appearances came with Artur Boruc on the bench and Asmir Begovic given an extended summer holiday.

So what will the 2019/20 campaign hold for Travers? Will he remain at Dean Court and hold the number one shirt ahead of senior goalkeepers Boruc and Begovic? Will he stay on the south coast as an understudy? Or will he leave for regular first-team football on loan?

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam believes he is in contention to be the first choice goalkeeper come the opening day against Sheffield United.

Earlier this summer it was reported that newly promoted Norwich City and Championship side Leeds United had registered their interest in Travers with AFC Bournemouth.

Travers told afcb.co.uk

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract, On a personal note, it was a great end to last season and to now get this deal sorted, it will really help me push on and into the new season.

“As soon as the offer was there I was really keen to sign and commit my future to the club.

“The manager and backroom staff have been brilliant with me. I’ve developed as both a person and player during my time with the club and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

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cockbeard wrote…

Really, I’m far from in the know and I’m also hugely biased by what I see, but I’d put him third at best right now. Boruc/Aaron Ramsdale then Mark below that and Asmir is as good as gone. – Join the conversation, click here.

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