In the latest Bournemouth news, striker Jermain Defoe insists that the club can kick on next season after securing their fourth consecutive season in the Premier League.
The Cherries always looked to have enough in the bag but their 1-0 win over Swansea confirmed they will be playing top-flight football next season.
Eddie Howe’s men had gone five games without a win, including three consecutive defeats to Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton.
Defoe admits the club has come a long way since his first spell on the south coast and he is adamant they can continue to improve.
He told Sky Sports: “I think it is a massive, massive achievement.
“My first time at Bournemouth, when I was there on loan from West Ham, you never could have imagined it, to be honest. To achieve what we have achieved is just fantastic.
“The lads had a fantastic year last year (ninth) and hopefully next season we will kick on again.”
Defoe is also aiming for a spot in England’s World Cup squad and the 35-year-old has refused to give up hope despite a stop-start campaign.
He added: “Of course I want to go. When you have had that experience of playing in a World Cup, that whole environment is the pinnacle.
“But, even if I am not involved, I just want to wish the boys the best. I want them to do well. They are a great bunch of lads and they have got a good chance.”
England are 14/1 to win the World Cup in Russia this summer with Coral but they will need to overcome Belgium, Tunisia and Panama before they can dream of lifting the trophy.