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Ex-Woking boss delighted for Arter over Bournemouth success

Former Woking boss Graham Baker is delighted for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter over his career success.

Arter was rescued from the football scrapheap by Baker and assistant Jimmy Dack after he had been released by Charlton as a teenager.

Baker told the Daily Echo: “He was a wonderkid at Charlton but, unfortunately, he sustained an Achilles injury which put him out of the game for a while.

“They made a decision to let him go and a number of clubs wanted him. We were fortunate. We convinced him we would get back in the league in a short space of time and it happened within one season.

“I played with some superstars in my time but, technically, he was the best I ever witnessed – to coach, to manage and to play with.

“He was two footed and didn't even know himself whether he was right or left footed, he was that good.

“He would take corners from both sides and with both feet and it was impossible to say which was best because he was brilliant with both.

“He was a fiery character and needed to be managed the right way. Hopefully, I played a very small part in his progression."

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