Date: 30th July 2014 at 8:01am
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AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick is delighted with the new pitches that have been installed both at Dean Court and the Kings Park training ground.

AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin has paid out around £750,000 on the three new pitches to install three new fibre-sand pitches, all including an artificial 3G surround and new irrigation systems.

The Dean Court pitch and the two training pitches in Kings Park are identical thanks to work completed by White Horse Contractors from Oxfordshire.

The Cherries opted to go with White Horse Contractors after the club were put off by a two year waiting list which was quoted by Desso technology which is in place at Wembley.

Elphick told the Daily Echo

“The pitch feels a lot firmer, especially when you plant your foot and you get a much better response when you take off. The old pitch was very soft and sometimes it took you a bit longer to turn…’

‘…Having exactly the same surface on the training ground will give the lads extra confidence in their decision making and help to prevent any silly injuries.

“In the past, we went from training on a hard surface all week to playing on a soft surface. You definitely feel it and it takes more out of you.

“Last season, we experienced state-of-the-art pitches at places like Reading and Brighton and you could tell the difference straight away. They were able to move the ball much quicker than us at times so training on that kind of surface and having it at home will be a massive plus going forward.

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