Kermorgant commits to Cherries

Yann Kermorgant has committed his future to Bournemouth by signing a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2017.

The 33-year-old striker played a key role in the Cherries' promotion to the Premier League in May, scoring 15 goals in 38 appearances as they won the Championship title last season.

The Dorset outfit have moved quickly to tie Kermorgant down for another year following the closure of the recent transfer window, with his initial deal due to expire at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Frenchman, who made his top-flight debut against Aston Villa on the opening day, is now aiming to kick on with Eddie Howe's side after securing his future.

He told the Daily Echo: "I am delighted to carry on with Bournemouth and stay here.

"I'm not saying I was going but maybe it was possible when we were in the market for another striker or two. I am pleased to have extended my contract for another year.

"I had two targets last season. My first one was to get promoted, which we did, and the second one was to get another contract.

"Unfortunately, it didn't happen for me in terms of the contract in the summer so I am delighted it has now been sorted. The new deal gives me more freedom and confidence in myself and more security for my family.

"Maybe it affected me during the summer because it didn't happen then. Now it is done, I can focus on doing my best and getting back in the team."