Josh King says that he is very much looking forward to linking up with his new teammates
Striker Josh King says that he is very much looking forward to linking up with his new teammates after completing a free transfer to Bournemouth from Blackburn Rovers.
After spending much of the season on the sidelines at Blackburn, King created headlines after scoring a hat-trick against Stoke City in the FA Cup. Apart from this hat-trick, he has won only once in 19 appearances. Yet, this poor statistics appears to be largely down to the position where Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has utilised him rather than down to his finishing skills. King expressed his disappointment at being used in a wide position at Blackburn instead of his favourite striker’s role.
The Norway international will now be playing in the Premier League after Bournemouth were promoted to the top flight as the Championship winners. He is amongst the several new names at the club. Even though Bournemouth are amongst the favourites to go straight back down, the signing of players like King gives them a great opportunity to fight for their place amongst the English elite. King says that he was not pushed away from Blackburn. Instead, the club had offered him a three-year contract, but he decided not to stay since he did not see much chances of improving his football at Ewood Park.
"I had a three-year offer at Blackburn, but I'd been there two-and-a-half years and I didn't play as much as I'd like to play. I've had a couple of injuries but even before my injuries I didn't feel like I'd got my chance. I felt like I had to move forward and try something new. I've been living in Manchester for seven years and I wanted to try something new. I've had my joy at Blackburn now and been there two and a half years and didn't want to sign a new contract,” said King.