AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised the contribution Ian Harte has made to the squad since joining in the summer.
Veteran Harte made his debut for Leeds United in the Premier League in 1996 and had gone on to make over 500 appearances for Leeds, Levante (Spain), Sunderland, Blackpool, Carlisle, Reading and Republic Of Ireland.
The then 35 year old was released by Reading following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2012/13 season and went on to sign a one year deal at Dean Court in June 2013.
He started the season as back up to Charlie Daniels, but soon made his debut in the League Cup before making his league debut after Daniels picked up an injury.
He made five appearances during August, but dropped to the bench again following Daniels return to fitness.
In October, he was called upon again and made a further three appearances, before Daniels won his spot back in the starting eleven.
Harte failed to break into the side for the next three months, until injury struck Daniels again.
Following a settled run in the side and starting the Cherries last nine matches, Harte has recently shown why Howe made the move for him in the summer.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“There are no first choices in any position here and everyone has to earn the right to play and to be one of the first names on the team-sheet.
“What Ian has done has been so impressive because he never moaned when he was out of the team and has let his football do the talking. He hasn`t been a minute`s problem and is a model professional…’
‘…He helps us manage games and, at delicate times in certain games, you know he will make the right decisions and advise his team-mates to make the right decisions as well. I don`t think you can put a price on that experience.
“He has played at the very highest level and deservedly so. He is a wily campaigner. He is one of the first ones in the ear of the referee when there is a contentious decision and sometimes you need that. You can`t be too nice and I think he has added a bit of steel to our side.”
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