Mark Travers has signed a new long-term deal with AFC Bournemouth, as reported by The Bournemouth Echo.
The 20-year-old was a relative unknown to most outside of the club until May 2019, when he made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur.
Having now impressed enough to earn himself a new contract, the length of which is not specified by the club, he will now be hoping to make himself the Cherries’ number 1, having already received his first call up to the Republic of Ireland national team squad.
Travers kept a clean sheet on his debut as Bournemouth went on to beat Spurs 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium. He also got a WhoScored rating of eight for his performance, which was only beaten by Ryan Fraser (9.1).
The goalkeeper, who was still 19 at the time, made five saves during the game, with the pick of the bunch being a flying stop to deny a Dele Alli header.
His second appearance didn’t go quite as well, as Bournemouth lost 5-3 against Crystal Palace, though it would be harsh to suggest he could have done too much about the majority of the goals conceded.
He made four saves, parried away danger twice and collected the ball once during that game.
Travers signing a new contract is brilliant news for AFC Bournemouth and their academy, as they strive to bring players through who can make an impact in the Premier League with more regularity.
“That’s one thing I think Eddie [Howe] does, take the academy side of things seriously,” Adam Murry recently told the Bournemouth Echo when speaking about youth development on the south coast.
Jack Simpson made 11 first-team appearances in all competitions for the Cherries last season, and Travers will now be hoping he can emulate that in 2019/20.
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