AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling joined the Cherries in May 2014 on a free transfer from Newcastle United. Six years on and there is no place the former Everton midfielder would rather be.
At the time he was just a 24-year-old, former England Under 21 international, who had been left frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Newcastle, making just 35 appearances in total, including 24 Premier League appearances (5 starts) in four years.
But the move to the south coast somewhat revitalised his career.
His first season at Dean Court ended in Gosling having played 25 games in all competitions and lifting the Championship trophy after securing promotion to the Premier League.
During the five campaigns that have followed, Gosling has tallied up a further 130 Premier League appearances, bringing his total of top-flight appearances for Everton, Newcastle and AFC Bournemouth to 165.
Gosling’s current contract is set to expire during the summer of 2021.
Gosling told Sky Sports…
“I’ve got huge respect for everyone at the club; the chairman, the chief exec, the coaching staff, All the people who work behind the scenes are all fantastic people, so I’m very settled here.
“My little one’s supposed to be starting school in September. We go on dog walks along the beach, and in the summer our family comes to stay and we have great days out, and they always say how lucky we are living here.
“It’s a way of life that suits us. To bring up kids in a place like this, there’s not too many better places.”
“…When I first joined the team, I saw the quality early on. I wish I had a video recording of what I said to my agent and people around me, of how good I thought the squad was.
“I knew we had a real chance, and I was proven right. We worked hard, we had a great spirit and we got promoted. The first year in the Premier League was tough, but five years on we’re still there.”
He’s awesome. Tries his guts out (small and large intestines) …… never stops running and brings goals to the table. Also, thoroughly decent bloke when you meet him and happy to chat. Keep it up, mate. – Join the conversation, click here.