Stockley Signs Five Year Deal

Last updated : 03 November 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Prior to his arrival at Dean Court on Saturday, Stockley believed he was in for a dressing down about his school work. Instead the 16-year old was told that he was told that Eddie Howe wantd him to sign a 5-year deal at Dean Court.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Stockley is quoted as saying: "Eddie Howe arranged a meeting and Jason phoned me. I had no clue what it was about until I got there, but I thought it would be about my school work and they would be telling me to work harder. It's been hard to concentrate with everything going on, but I'm still trying hard. Then Eddie said he'd like me to sign a five-year contract. I was speechless. It's everything I've worked for and it was the best day of my life. I had no idea it was going to happen and it was the last thing that came into my head".

He went on to say: "Eddie and Jason didn't go into detail as to the reasons for offering me the deal, but I think they are really looking to the future now and there are a lot of clubs looking to prise young players away. I think they see me as a player who can make an impact on the club's future. A lot of it has just been talk that I have heard, but I do know someone from the England under-16s has been watching. I think there were some Premier League clubs looking as well, but I don't know which ones other than what I have read. It's an honour to be linked with clubs at that level and it will make me raise my game. But I don't want to go anywhere because I'm at Bournemouth".

His signature also sees off interest from various other Clubs who were keen to snatch Stockley from under the Cherries' noses; including the likes of Burnley, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.