Competition Hots Up Ahead Of League Opener As Ex-Player Hopes To Prove Point

Last updated : 30 July 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Once upon a time, not so long ago, AFC Bournemouth always seemed a bit thin on the ground where striking options are concerned. Today though, that is definitely not the case as Sean O'Driscoll has a number of options open to him.

Strike options in the form of Steve Fletcher, Derek Holmes, Jamie Hayter, Dani Rodrigues and Alan Connell is going to make the first team sheet difficult to fill.

Speaking the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Dani is quoted as saying: "I think it's going to be very hard for the gaffer. He has a great bunch of players who play up front and I know it's not going to be easy to get a place in the team."

Meanwhile, with the final pre-season work out looming at The Kassam Stadium tomorrow, ex-keeper Chris Tardif is hoping to prove a point to one of his old Clubs. Having spent the 2002-03 on loan from Portsmouth (during our own goal keeping crisis), Chris was about to put pen to paper when a knock against Brentford killed the deal. Tardif is quoted as saying on "The manager, Sean O'Driscoll, said 'we're sorting you out' but in that Worthington Cup game, I got a kick in the head and was knocked out. I was supposed to be signing the next day, but the powers above at Bournemouth said they couldn't go ahead with it. That concussion cost me a contract and I was gutted. But I've got nothing against Sean O'Driscoll . . . that's football!"

Kick Off is 3pm tomorrow.