Former Sunderland defender Harte excited by Bournemouth future

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FORMER Sunderland left-back Ian Harte is relishing an exciting future with Championship new boys Bournemouth after penning a one-year deal.

Harte, 35, was freed by Reading last month, was impressed by boss Eddie Howe’s ambitions at Dean Court and said: “I’m going to fight to get into the starting XI – there’s some quality players here and hopefully my experience can help the younger lads as well.

“There were a few other options, but when I met Eddie the other day this is where I wanted to come.”

Howe said: “He’s an excellent crosser and passer of the ball, his set-piece delivery is an added bonus, but he’s got a lot of the qualities that we look for in a player.”