Francis thanks Howe after signing new deal

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 8:33

Simon Francis Eddie Howe

Bournemouth centre-back Simon Francis has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the club.

The 30-year-old, who has made over 170 appearances for the club since joining from Charlton in 2011, has captained the Cherries in the absence of Tommy Elphick.

After signing the contract, the former Southend player Francis credited his rise through the Football League to his current manager Eddie Howe.

“My relationship with the gaffer is excellent,” he said.

“He’s the main reason that I’ve wanted to sign contracts and remain here for as long as I can.

“He knows the club inside out and has brought my game on, personally, to a level that I never thought I could get to.

“It’s all credit to him that I am now sat here playing week-in week-out in the Premier League. The belief he had in me, and I am sure a lot of the other lads will say the same, has been absolutely top drawer.

“I am really settled here and I think everyone knows that at the club. The manager and the staff know how much I enjoy it, so for me it was an easy decision, as long as the ins and outs of the contract were right.”

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