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New deal for Solanke as he targets the Premier League

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AFC Bournemouth have announced that striker Dominic Solanke has signed a new contract at Dean Court.

The former England Under-21 striker, who has also earned a cap for the full England side, helped fire the Cherries to promotion to the top tier of English football with 30 goals and 7 assists in all competitions last season.

The 24-year-old has signed a new contract, extending his stay on the south coast until the summer of 2026.

Solanke made the move to Dean Court from Liverpool in January 2019 in a reported £17.5million deal.

Initially sitting third in the pecking order behind then Cherries strikers Callum Wilson and Joshua King, Solanke struggled to find regular minutes and goals over the next 18 months in the Premier League.

His first half a season ended goalless, with just 2 starts and 342 minutes of top-flight English football under his belt.

His first full season on the south coast was the 2019/20 campaign, otherwise remembered as the Covid hit, a prolonged campaign which ultimately ended in the Cherries relegation from the Premier League.

Solanke made 17 Premier League starts and added a further 15 appearances to his tally from the substitutes bench. He played 1,645 minutes, scoring 3 goals, all of which came following “operation re-start”, ending a run of 18 months without a league goal.

Following relegation and the departures of both Wilson and King, Solanke made the number 9 shirt his own during two seasons in the Championship.

Solanke became the Cherries first-choice attacking threat under former managers Jason Tindall and Jonathan Woodgate during 2020/21 “behind closed doors” season and then kicked on even further under current Cherries head coach Scott Parker during the 2021/22 promotion-winning season.

Over the course of 88 games (86 starts) and 7,616 minutes, Solanke notched 59 goal contributions (44 goals and 15 assists).

AFC Bournemouth Chief Executive Neill Blake told afcb.co.uk

“This is a big moment for AFC Bournemouth.

“Dom was pivotal to our success last year and to secure his future with us is a significant signal of intent from the club.

“He is a highly impressive individual both on and off the pitch and the fact he has chosen to sign this deal speaks volumes for us as a football club.

“We are all excited to continue working with Dom and look forward to seeing him operate at the very top level where he belongs.”

Your say…

billythekid wrote…

Best news we could have heard going into this season.

Well done to those involved in getting this sorted.

Dom can now fully concentrate on his game and hopefully, he will be amongst the goals again, think he will be out to show he can score goals in the top league.

AFCBade added…

Whilst many obsess over new signings, this is a vital development.

Can’t think of many prem strikers I would rather have than Dom outside the current 4 champions league qualifying teams.

Must be an England spot available if Dom starts the season well. – Join the conversation, click here.

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