Sunday 23 September 2018

Irish Cherry Eunan has Premier League in his sights

Eunan O'Kane. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Eunan O'Kane. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

IRELAND U21 cap Eunan O'Kane, the forgotten man from Bournemouth's remarkable push toward the Premier League, has vowed to play a part for the Cherries in the top flight next season.

The Derry-born player, who declared for the Republic and won five U21 caps, has been at Bournemouth since 2012, but he played only a bit-part role in their promotion success, starting just eight league games.

His last appearance was in January so the successful finish to their promotion campaign went ahead without him but O'Kane is keen to show his worth next season.

"Of course, I want to be playing and involved and although promotion is great from everyone's point of view, it was slightly frustrating that I didn't play as much as I wanted to," O'Kane said.

"The lads did so well and performed to such high levels for long periods of time. Watching the Charlton match on the final day of the season, you had to appreciate just how good we were, which was part of the reason why it was a frustrating year for me.

"My injury hampered me but, in the summer, hopefully, I'll have a good pre-season and force my way into the team."

O'Kane tried his luck in the Premier League - and failed - while a trainee with Everton as he rebuilt his career with Torquay United before the move to the Cherries, and he's keen to make a point to the Toffees next season.

"It wasn't too long ago that I was told I was too small to play in the Premier League. I'm not too big at the moment but, at the time, I wasn't as big as I am now." he says.

"Maybe Everton were right at that point but it's nice having been told that to virtually give them two fingers."



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