'My focus is to be at this club' - Anthony's take on Cherries contract situation

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Jaidon Anthony played 48 games for Cherries this season (Picture: Stuart Martin)
Jaidon Anthony played 48 games for Cherries this season (Picture: Stuart Martin)

JAIDON Anthony insists the situation regarding his contract at Cherries provided no distraction this season, adding: "I love playing for this club."

Anthony, 22, enjoyed his breakout season for the Dorset club under Scott Parker, with no player in the squad making more appearances than him.

Having previously made just seven Cherries appearances prior to the 2021-22 campaign, Anthony missed just two matches this season.

Across his 48 appearances, the winger scored eight goals and provided seven assists.

The situation of Anthony's longer-term future has been a topic for discussion among fans in recent months. In December 2020, the former Arsenal youngster put pen-to-paper on a deal until the summer of 2022, with Cherries retaining the option to extend that by a further year.

The club duly triggered the clause in March 2022, meaning Anthony heads into this summer with one year remaining on his contract.

Cherries are now likely to enter into contract discussions with multiple players in the coming months following promotion to the Premier League, Anthony being one.

Discussing his contract situation at Cherries, Anthony told the Daily Echo: "I’ve said all along, my focus is to be at this club.

"We focus on the pitch, we didn’t want to focus on the contract stuff too much.

"So the focus was always on the pitch and it remains the same.

"I love playing for this manager, I love playing for this club, I love playing for these fans, so that won’t change.

"I’m excited to be in the side and hopefully keep pushing and progressing as a player in a Bournemouth shirt."

Speaking in March after Cherries extended Anthony's deal, Parker told the Daily Echo: “Hopefully we can sit down in the future when it’s the right time and see if we can come with something a bit more longer-term, we will see.”

Asked if discussions over his future had proved a distraction at all during his first season as a regular first-team player, Anthony said: "If I’m honest, no. I think the manager helped.

"We had a conversation at the start and he said he didn’t want it to go on too long and I agreed.

"If I’m being honest, it probably wasn’t the right time for either of us. We just wanted to focus on the pitch.

"And it’s easy to do when you’re playing so many minutes and especially in this league, there’s games every few days.

"So my focus always remained on the pitch and it will always be that way I think."

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