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Howe full of praise for inspirational Cook

5th February 2019, 08:53 by Tom Hill

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has heaped praise on centre-back Steve Cook after he made his 300th appearance for the club.

The 27-year-old started his career at Brighton before playing in the lower leagues after several loan moves.

He eventually joined in 2008 for £150,000 after a successful loan spell and Cook has since played a huge part in their rise through the Football League.

Cook has not missed a minute of action so far this season in the Premier League and he made his 300th appearance during the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City.

When asked about the milestone, Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: "It’s a great milestone for Cookie. It seems as if those 300 appearances have gone so quickly.

"When I started working with him when I first came in, I saw a real talent and possibilities of a real player. But he’s had to do a lot of hard work and growing in that period and he’s done it in the team, which is very difficult to do.

"Through the levels we have improved, he has grown with the team and into the player he is now. In my opinion, he is still improving with every experience and is a massive player for us.

"He is an inspiration to young players who are looking at that journey and is a role model for the younger guys in the squad to look up to."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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