Date: 5th August 2016 at 8:12am
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AFC Bournemouth youth team graduate Josh Wakefield has joined National League side Aldershot Town following his release from Dean Court.

22 year old Wakefield made his senior debut for then AFC Bournemouth manager Paul Groves when he was selected for the League One game against Scunthorpe United 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 substitute against Preston North End, 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 as manager.

As a member of the newly formed development squad, Wakefield was sponsored by AFCB Vital for the 2012/13 season.

He went on to make loan appearances for Dagenham, Welling, Torquay, Bristol Rovers and Yeovil before his release in May 2016.

Wakefield told

‘…I had a good six years at Bournemouth, a few ups and downs but I`ve come away with a lot of experience and it`s helped me be the footballer that I am today. One thing I`ve probably lacked in recent years is a good run of games, where I`ve been able to hit the ground running, so one of my aims this season is to get a lot of games under my belt and really start kicking on.

“I`ve played a lot of Under 21s football, and the step-up to men`s football is a lot greater than some people think, so for me to be in a first-team squad every week is what I want and will help me to push on. The standard of players here is very good so if selected I`ll be raring to go and eager to play well.”

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