Long-serving Cherries man to leave

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Marc Pugh has confirmed he will depart Bournemouth during the summer after nine years with the club.

Marc Pugh has confirmed he will depart Bournemouth during the summer after nine years with the club.

The 32-year-old was given a guard of honour before their game against Tottenham on Saturday to thank him for nine years of service.

He joined Bournemouth in the summer of 2010 from Hereford on a free transfer but because he was under the age of 24, they eventually agreed to pay Hereford £60,000 compensation for his services.

Pugh has proven to be excellent value for money and has scored 56 goals in 312 appearances since his arrival on the south coast.

However, opportunities have waned for the 32-year-old over the past couple of seasons and he failed to make a single top-flight appearance this season before joining Hull on loan in January.

Despite his Vitality Stadium career fizzling out, boss Eddie Howe has waxed lyrical about his contribution, with him staying with the club from their days in League One.

‘Marc has been an incredible servant to AFC Bournemouth over the last nine years, He has epitomised the club’s journey through the Football League to where we are today and has not only been a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it, too,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘He has always displayed incredible professionalism in any situation and he set the standards in terms of teamwork.

‘I would finally like to say thank you to Marc on behalf of everyone connected with AFC Bournemouth.’

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