team mates

Steve Cook - Bournemouth De­fender

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Best mate at the club?

Joe Part­ing­ton. We live to­gether and he was one of the guys who helped me set­tle in when I first got here. Ever since then we’ve been re­ally good friends – we’ve got a good lit­tle thing go­ing on.

Last to buy din­ner?

Si­mon Fran­cis is re­ally well­known for that sort of thing! He’s al­ways last to get his money out for din­ner or to buy cof­fees. He plays up to his rep­u­ta­tion a lit­tle bit now, but I think it’s to mask the fact that he ac­tu­ally is tight.

The FIFA king?

There are a few that fancy them­selves but it’s Harry Arter. He takes a lot of money off the lads, es­pe­cially Callum Wilson who came in and thought he would run it.

Worst dressed?

Dan Gosling comes in with all the de­signer gear and he’ll wear a bit of any­thing, so it doesn’t al­ways match. He gets a lot of stick from the lads, but I think some of it goes over his head.

The pre-match dress­ing room DJ?

Re­cently Adam Smith has taken over and he’s into his dance mu­sic. Adam gets a lot of stick be­cause he’s un­be­liev­ably thick, but if you’re ever down he will brighten your day. He’s one of a kind but mu­sic is some­thing he knows a lot about.

The most skil­ful?

Ju­nior Stanis­las. He’s very good on the ball. As a team over­all I think we could prob­a­bly do with a bit more skill.

Late for train­ing?

Harry Arter leaves ev­ery­thing to the last minute – last Satur­day he cruised in with about 30 seconds to spare. We’ve got a wheel of for­tune at Bournemouth and if you’re late you have to take a spin. There’s a wide va­ri­ety of fines and for­feits on it rang­ing from singing in front of the lads to turn­ing up in fancy dress.

Teacher’s pet?

That’s def­i­nitely Ryan Fraser – he al­ways does any ex­tras he can and the gaffer does like him. He’s a great character, but he’s quite thick as well, so I think the gaffer likes him for a laugh.

Best cook?

I’ve had a few meals cooked by Si­mon Fran­cis and they’re al­right, but he fan­cies him­self a bit too much – he puts him­self up with the top chefs. I don’t cook at all – the fit­ness coach’s wife feeds me and Joe!

Most likely to dis­grace them­selves at the Christ­mas party?

Ian Harte doesn’t get out a lot, so when he does he al­ways goes for it.

The worst tat­too?

Harry Arter has the say­ing “Set­backs pave the way for come­backs” tat­tooed on his arm, which he gets a lot of stick for. He had it done when he was 16 – I think if he had a chance to go back in time and not get it done, he would!

Never puts their phone down?

Some­times you look round the chang­ing room and ev­ery­one is on their phone. Some morn­ings it tends not to be very so­cia­ble. But Si­mon Fran­cis is al­ways on to his mis­sus – be­fore train­ing and straight after, even though they live to­gether.

Go­ing to make the best man­ager?

We’ve got quite a young squad, but I think our cap­tain, Tommy El­ph­ick. He’s so knowl­edge­able about the game.



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