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Arter “very proud” ahead of 250th Bournemouth appearance

Harry Arter says “he has loved every minute” of his time at Bournemouth ahead of his 250th appearance for the club.

The Republic of Ireland international has been a key player for the Cherries since joining the club for just £4,000 in 2010, and is expected to make his milestone appearance tonight against Burnley.

The 27 year old midfielder – who joined the club when Bournemouth were in League One – says his landmark appearance will be a proud moment, and says the club’s progress has been unbelievable.

“It will be a proud moment,” Arter told told the Daily Echo.
“I have played lot of games and had a lot of good times. Hopefully, we can top it off with a good result. I feel very fortunate to have been involved with the club and the rise. I have loved every minute of it.

“The way the club has progressed since I have been here has been unbelievable. I have been scratching my head trying to think of low points and that says everything about my time here.”

Arter signed a new long-term contract in July, and reserved special praise for his highly rated manager Eddie Howe for taking a chance on him seven years ago.
 “The gaffer has been brilliant for me,” he stated.

“Ever since he signed me, I have always tried to do it for myself and also to try to repay the faith he showed in me all those years ago. He took a chance on me when I was playing non-league.

“A lot of other managers turned me down but he took a risk and I took that as a massive compliment.

“It was brave of him at the time, especially as the club had just been promoted to League One. It would have been easy for him to look for players in League Two or the Conference but he looked in Conference South.

“Having been released by Charlton, I always knew my next chance in the pro game would probably be my last as well. I wasn’t going to give up without a fight and will always be thankful to him for giving me that opportunity.”

The combative midfielder also has nine senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, the first of which came in the famous 1-0 win over Austria in Vienna last year.
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