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Gavin Kilkenny delighted with new contract at Bournemouth

Gavin Kilkenny is delighted with his new contract at Bournemouth.

Kilkenny has been rewarded for his progress with a long-term deal, the teenager having been elevated to Eddie Howe's first-team squad this season.

Kilkenny, whose existing contract had been due to expire at the end of this season, was 16 when he left the family home in Beaumont, Dublin to pursue his dream with the Cherries.

He told afcb.co.uk: “I'm delighted. It's great to sign a new contract and I'm really pleased for my family as well.

“I gave up school to come over when I was 16 and my mum and dad must have been wondering what I would do if I had to go back home.

“Knowing I've got a bit of security now will give them peace of mind. I can also stop borrowing money from my mum and can start to pay her back!

“When you move away from home and are just starting out, it can be tough and you need the support of your parents.

“As a young player, you have to prove yourself and work hard if you want to get on. You don't get given anything on a plate and that's how it should be. It's character-building and you have to grow up quickly.

“My mum has helped me out and she has been paying for me for my whole life. She must be broke by now!"

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