FEENEY IS A CHERRY
By Steve Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 20-year-old Irishman agreed terms on a two-year deal with The Cherries and told the club's official site he was 'delighted' with the contract and that he was now relishing the prospect of picking up where he left off last season.
"I knew in myself this was where I wanted to stay. From the first minute I came down here everyone made me feel welcome. The friendliness of everyone at the club and the way I was treated by the fans made it really easy for me to make the decision," he remarked.
"I had a chat with my family and we knew this was the right move for me to make and that it would be a good experience for me. We've got so many young players at the club and hopefully we can stay together for a good few years and prove ourselves.
"It would have been no good sitting and wasting away at the club. Leeds have got some fantastic strikers and I knew that this is the right change for me. Playing in the reserve-team would have been no good for me and so this is ideal."
The Ulsterman netted four times in his three league starts on the South Coast, and he believes that Bournemouth can now go one better than last term when they missed out on the play-offs in heartbreaking fashion after blowing their chances in the last game of the season.
"I enjoyed every minute of it down here last season and those nine games were really exciting," he declared. "We thought we were good enough to make the play-offs and it was devastating on the last day of the season.
"But it just shows what we've got here is good enough to build on and I hope we can go for promotion this year - I don't see why not because we showed we can compete with any team in the division."
If Sean O'Driscoll's side are to compete next season, one of the main priorities must now be holding on to defender Eddie Howe.
The 23-year-old has been persistently linked with a move to First Division Burnley, and Cherries fans will be hoping that the speculation is merely a case of smoke without fire.