Surman relishing competition at Bournemouth

Bournemouth central midfielder Andrew Surman insists he is looking forward to fighting for his place in manager Eddie Howe's team again next season.

The 30-year-old endured a testing time last season due to a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for nearly three months, but he is eager to get back on the field and prove his worth.

Surman told the Daily Echo: "I have two years left here, so we will have to see what happens. I would like to think I will be here for longer but I am not looking too far ahead.

"I am really happy here and I am not looking beyond next season at the moment.

"Last season was frustrating for me, compared to the previous one, because of the injuries I had – but I still really enjoyed it.

"You have to really embrace the fight for places, that is the nature of football. By no means do I think my place is guaranteed. You have to work for it, you really are only as good as your last game.

"Lewis Cook has done exceptionally well since he has come in, Dan Gosling has been fantastic for us – and there is Harry Arter as well!

"There is going to be enormous competition for places and that can only be good for the squad."