Bournemouth sign Norwich City’s Andrew Surman on season-long loan
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Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has joined Championship club AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old, who featured twice in the club's recent tour of the United States, joins former Canary Elliott Ward at Eddie Howe's newly-promoted side.
A knee injury restricted Surman to just seven first team appearances last season, the most recent competitive outing coming in the 1-0 home defeat to Luton Town in the FA Cup in January.
He had a successful loan spell at Dean Court while on the books at Southampton in the latter half of the 2004/05 season, playing 28 times and scoring six goals. He has made 56 appearances for the Canaries.
Surman told Bournemouth's official website: 'When Bournemouth showed an interest I was really pleased and I'm glad I'm here.
'I thought I would need to go out on loan because there is a big squad at Norwich and I need to play games, which I couldn't quite see happening there this season.
'There were a number of things that made this the right move for me. My family are down here and I have only heard good things about the manager and the way the team play.
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'I really enjoyed it where I came down here on loan when I was 18 and that helped me make the decision to sign.
'A lot has changed since then, but it's an exciting time for the club and the supporters and it's great to be part of that.
'Hopefully, I can help the team get even further up the league and we will see what happens because anything is possible in the Championship.
'Last season was a frustrating one for me because of my knee and I've had all summer to do rehab on it.
'That's been positive and I have come through pre-season, so I'm feeling good.
'It would be great to be involved on Saturday. It will be a difficult game, but with the new stand here, I'm sure it will be a good atmosphere and a good game.'