O’KANE’S IN NO RUSH TO LEAVE THE CHER­RIES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Isaac Wil­liam

BOURNEMOUTH’S in-form Eu­nan O’Kane has in­sisted he wasn’t fazed by the spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture af­ter be­ing linked with sev­eral Pre­mier League clubs be­fore the trans­fer win­dow shut.

As­ton Villa, Nor­wich City, Ful­ham and Swansea were all thought to be in the hunt for the diminu­tive mid­fielder.

The 23-year-old has starred for Bournemouth in the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son and showed that he could more than hold his own against Pre­mier League op­po­si­tion in last weekend’s FA Cup de­feat at the hands of Liver­pool.

He has 18 months left on the con­tract that he signed when he joined Bournemouth from Torquay in July 2012 and is more than happy with Ed­die Howe’s men.

He said: “There is no rea­son why I would want to leave here.

“I am no dif­fer­ent to any other player and the Pre­mier League is where I want to get to.

“Hope­fully, at some stage in my ca­reer, I will get the chance to play against that cal­i­bre of player on a regu- lar ba­sis. But ul­ti­mately, I would like that to be with Bournemouth.

“I think ev­ery­thing is set up here for us to go places and I know the chair­man, the man­ager and the play­ers want to get there.

“I didn’t feel overly out of my depth against Liver­pool and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to face a top qual­ity team.

“Their side was packed with very good play­ers and in no way am I sug­gest­ing I am ready to play at that level.

“That would be some­thing for other peo­ple to de­cide, not me.”

O'Kane’s other main tar­get is to win a se­nior cap for Repub­lic of Ire­land and he added: “It would be an hon­our to one day rep­re­sent the Repub­lic of Ire­land.That’s a big aim for me.”

HAPPY: Eu­nan O’Kane

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