By Tom Blackburn
Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him on the south coast until 2019.
The West Ham academy graduate joined Bournemouth from Burnley in 2014 and has since been an important part of their squad.
Bournemouth announced the deal via their Twitter account and website, with the 26-year-old saying he appreciates the rewards for his hard work.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 19, 2016
“I am very pleased. It’s obviously nice to be rewarded, I thought I had quite a good season last year and hopefully there’s more to come,” Stanislas told Cherries Player.
“It’s also a positive knowing that the manager wants you here for the next few years as well.
“Both the manager and I are looking forward and trying to improve me as a better player – which I am sure I can do under him.
“Personally, for me, I want to improve on last year. More goals, more assists and help push the team forward that way.
“In terms of the team, I think the sky’s the limit. We will all want to look to improve our league position from last year.”
Stanislas joined Bournemouth on a free transfer, three years after he transferred to Burnley for £1.15million from West Ham.
He has played a total of 45 times for the Cherries, scoring seven times, but now faces increased competition for a starting spot after Jordan Ibe was signed from Liverpool for a club record £16million fee.
His first season with Bournemouth was in the Championship, where he struggled to cement a spot in the side and played on just 13 occasions.
Surprisingly, their promotion to the Premier League saw the 26-year-old used more frequently, and boss Eddie Howe has rewarded him with a new contract.
Stanislas joined West Ham when he was 10, signed a three-year academy scholarship in 2006 and made his Premier League debut in 2009 against West Brom.
In total, he played 47 games for the Hammers, including 41 Premier League appearances, and scored eight goals across all competitions.
In other West Ham news, their £27million striker target confirms where he’ll be playing next season.