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Bournemouth defender Simpson: Pugh influence positive for me

Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson has paid tribute to departing midfielder Marc Pugh.

The 22-year-old said the stalwart winger had helped him lay the foundations to forge a Premier League career.

Simpson told the Daily Echo: “Marc Pugh is the ultimate professional. I cannot speak highly enough of him.

“For me personally, he has been unbelievable.

“He introduced me to people within football you can trust, which is difficult. As a young player you are never really sure but having things like that to help you is brilliant.

“If I ever wanted to go and talk to someone, he is always someone I would talk to. I sat next to him in the changing room and it was just brilliant."

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