Date: 6th June 2016 at 8:49am
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AFC development coach Stephen Purches believes the Cherries climb through the Football League pyramid has hindered Josh Carmichael and Josh Wakefield.

The duo were both recently released by the club alongside Sylvain Distin, Jon Muleba, Stephane Zubar and Mason Walsh.

22 year old Wakefield made his senior debut for manager Paul Groves when he was selected for the League One game against Scunthorpe in April 2012.

He impressed enough during his 30 minute appearance to be involved in the first team squad again the following week and made his home debut as a sub against Preston, again featuring for the final half an hour of the game.

The following season he made two more appearances, but didn’t feature for the Cherries following the return of Eddie Howe. He went on to make loan appearances for Dagenham, Welling, Torquay, Bristol Rovers and Yeovil.

Josh Carmichael joined the AFC Bournemouth Centre of Excellence when he was 10 years old and made his Cherries debut against Exeter in September 2011, aged just 17.

He made four appearances for AFC Bournemouth and spent time out on loan with Welling, Havant & Waterlooville and Torquay United before being released.

AFC Bournemouth development coach Stephen Purches told the Daily Echo

‘…The two Joshs had been with us for a long time and have given great service to the club.

“They both played in the first team and experienced the less glamorous side of the club during their early years here…’

“…It would be great to keep lots of the lads around and, if the club hadn`t progressed so far and so quickly, I am sure they would have been knocking on the door.

“We don`t want to stand in the way of their progression. Football is a short career and they have got to make the most of what they have got…’


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northstandmark said…

Carmicheal and Wakefield will hopefully both go on to have decent professional football league careers.Join the conversation here.

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