AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has enjoyed his first five years on the south coast.
Simon Francis signed for AFC Bournemouth on loan, under former manager Lee Bradbury, with a view to a permanent transfer from Charlton in November 2011.
Francis had struggled to hold down a regular first team place at League One Charlton and with just six months remaining on his Charlton contract, the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £25,000.
Francis has gone on to make 230 appearances for the club and has enjoyed a key role in AFC Bournemouth rise from the third tier of English football to the top half of the Premier League.
Since the departure of Tommy Elphick he has also been named captain by manager Eddie Howe.
Francis told the Daily Echo…
‘…It doesn’t feel like five years, it’s gone quickly. It’s just so strange how I was struggling for game time at Charlton and came here without any real ambitions of getting where the club has done, just to get games because I knew the manager (Bradbury).
‘When the gaffer (Howe) came back, I’ve never known a feeling like it around the place.
‘We were in League One and playing some alright stuff but I don’t think we talked about promotion under Lee Bradbury or Paul Groves. Then the manager came back and in the first couple of days he knew the squad and the quality we had within it.
‘Suddenly, it was like, ‘let’s get up this table’ and from then on we’ve gone from strength to strength. I’ve loved it.’
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