AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised Tommy Elphick following the defender’s transfer to Championship side Aston Villa.
Elphick was entering the final 12 months of his current contract at Dean Court and whilst the Cherries had offered Elphick a new contract, a deal between player and club could not be agreed.
Following these discussions the Cherries opted to accept an undisclosed offer from Aston Villa, believed to be in the region of £3.25million early this month.
AFC Bournemouth’s captain promptly agreed personal terms and completed a medical, ending his honeymoon in Italy early to complete the deal.
The transfer move ended a four year ‘remarkable journey’ which began when Elphick made the move along the south coast from Brighton & Hove Albion to the Cherries in August 2012 for a fee reportedly around £175,000.
Elphick went on to captain the side to promotion from the third tier of English football in 2013 and in only the second season in the second tier, AFC Bournemouth went on to lift the Football League Championship trophy and clinch promotion to the Premier League.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I want to publicly thank Tommy for the four years he gave the football club.
“He has been an incredible servant and the most successful captain in the club`s history.
‘He led the club and the team with real distinction, both on and off the pitch. He was also a great ambassador and someone I really enjoyed working with…’
‘…You need players to set the standard and the culture of the football club and Tommy was a fierce protector of everything we did. That is why I think him and I had such a good relationship and why everyone in the squad respected him so much…’
mark pike said…
A truly good and dedicated person who deserves to succeed again at Villa.You will be missed and thank you for all your efforts and the success you helped bring to us. – Join the conversation here.
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