Wilson eyes Cherries improvement

Defender Marc Wilson is hoping to help Bournemouth improve on their first season in the Premier League, having joined the Cherries from Stoke City.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international had been with the Potters for six years, but has opted to return to the South Coast, where he had previously played for Portsmouth, in a bid to secure more regular first-team action.

The aim must be to finish better than we did last season – that would be a very good stepping stone.Marc Wilson
And Wilson is determined to help the Cherries try to improve on a 2015/16 campaign which saw them finish 16th in the table, five points clear of the drop zone.

The versatile defender told his new club’s official website: “I enjoyed my years at Stoke, but I spoke with the manager Mark Hughes and we both agreed it was time to move on – I am excited now to start a new chapter in my career.

“Hopefully we can do as well as possible this year. I didn’t come to Bournemouth to play in a team that’s going to get relegated. I see a lot of positives in this team.

“The aim must be to finish better than we did last season – that would be a very good stepping stone.”

Bournemouth lost their Premier League opener last weekend 3-1 at home to Manchester United and they are back in action next Sunday when they head to the capital to take on West Ham, who were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea on Monday evening.

Last season the Cherries won a seven-goal thriller 4-3 away to the Hammers, with Callum Wilson netting a superb hat-trick.

Bournemouth can be backed at 13/5 to secure a draw on Sunday, with a 1-1 draw available at 13/2 and a 2-1 victory for the Hammers priced at 8/1.

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