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29th Jun 2017

Everyone’s saying the same thing as Jermain Defoe rejoins Bournemouth

'The Prem's gonna be on its arse soon'


Jermain Defoe is a Bournemouth player (again).

17 years on from his season-long loan spell at the club as a teenager, the England international has re-joined the south coast club.

Defoe returned to the Premier League with Sunderland in January 2015 after a brief spell in Major League Soccer with Toronto. His goals for the Black Cats during the second half of the 2015/16 season were enough to them in the top flight.

However, despite scoring a further 15 Premier League goals last season – a tally that helped him earn a return to the England team – Sunderland finished the season bottom of the league and 16 points from safety. Their relegation to the Championship allowed the 34-year-old to activate a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave on a free.

A statement on Bournemouth’s website has confirmed that the striker has inked a three-year deal club at The Cherries, something which, given the player’s age, has come as a surprise to many.

“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” Defoe said.

“When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.

“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.

“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”