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Max Gradel seeks fresh start with Bournemouth

11:31 EAT 18/07/2017
Max Gradel
The Ivory Coast international is set to hit the ground running with the Cherries after a lengthy injury layoff last season

Max Gradel is prepared for a fresh start with Bournemouth with regular playing time to help the team in the new English Premier League campaign.

The 29-year-old forward who joined the Eddie Howe’s men from St Etienne in August 2015, was restricted to only 11 substitute appearances last season and is eager to rekindle his career at the Vitality Stadium following a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for six months.

Gradel was outstanding for the Cherries in their first pre-season game against Portuguese side Estoril with a goal and an assist for Jordan Ibe at Marbella Football Center on Friday.

“I need to find a fresh point to start and hope I find it now and then, hopefully, I can help my team and my teammates this season,” Gradel told club website.

“I have a good feeling about this season so aim to keep working hard and make sure I keep doing well.

“Fitness-wise, it was good to get the first game under my belt and good to finish with a win. It was the first game of the season and it takes time to get back to business.

“For me, the most important thing is the fitness and it was important not to lose the game so it was good. Everything is positive at the moment.

“It is always nice to set up a goal and also to score. I need to carry that on because I was injured for a long time and then it wasn’t easy to get back to my best.

“We have done a lot of finishing in training and I have been scoring a lot of goals. It was nice to get one during the game.”