Ramsdale happy to be proving his doubters wrong


Aaron Ramsdale is happy to be finally showing what he is capable of doing as a goalkeeper at Bournemouth having suffered rejection earlier in his career.

Ramsdale is currently with the Young Lions preparing for Euro 2021 qualifiers against Turkey in Izmit on Friday and Kosovo in Hull three days later, having played in all four of the Cherries’ Premier League games so far this season.

The 21-year-old was released by Bolton aged 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”.

Unsuccessful trials followed before he was signed by Sheffield United, and he subsequently joined Bournemouth in January 2017.

His Cherries debut, in their season opener against the Blades last month, came after spending time on loan at Chesterfield in 2017-18 and AFC Wimbledon last term.

Ramsdale said: “A lot of people have had rejection and probably worse stories than me, but it’s definitely an ‘I’ve proved you wrong’ sort of thing.

“I did five years at Bolton. As a 15-year-old I got released. I was too small and couldn’t kick were the reasons they gave me. At the time it was true, but they never sort of gave me the chance to grow.

“I trialled all around the country, had quite a lot of rejections and then found myself at Sheffield United.

“I struggled a lot as a first-year scholar, came back as a second-year and sort of grew up a little bit more. I started finding my feet, performances were getting better and then about a year-and-a-half later, Bournemouth came in and bid for me.

“I had a tough loan spell with Chesterfield, getting relegated. Then Wimbledon last year was hopefully the start of many good seasons to come.”

Ramsdale admitted that he expected to be sent out on loan when he returned for pre-season training in the summer, with Championship duo Swansea and Huddersfield both linked.

However, after featuring in the opening friendly matches, boss Eddie Howe pitched him in for the start of the season ahead of Artur Boruc and Mark Travers.

And, after being told by Howe the shirt is his “until you give me a reason to rethink it” Ramsdale has put in some strong displays in the side’s four games to date.

He added: “It’s taken a bit of time to sink in – I got sort of thrown in. But that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to hit the challenge, full steam ahead. The manager has shown so much belief in me and hopefully I can repay him with performances.”