Francis hopeful of a bright future for Cherries

Last updated : 12 April 2016 By Footymad

"I'm delighted for all the lads but especially the ones who have been here from the start and seen the story," the 31-year-old defender told the Daily Echo.

"Solidifying our status in the Premier League was a huge step for us at the start of the season.

"For the lads who have been here since League One, it is a great accomplishment and now we want to build on that and make sure we stay here for years to come.

"While we know it is a big achievement, we are taking it as it comes and looking at the next level we can get to.

"Credit goes to the manager because he saw enough ability in the squad we had in the League One days to stick with the players, nurture them and manage them in the way he has.

"He has been the best manager I've worked with so credit goes to him, as well as the lads, who have taken on board everything he is trying to do with the club.

"Let's hope that continues for years to come."