One of our young players out on loan will be tasting the drama of a League One Play-Off this weekend – and he cannot hide his excitement.
Full-back Adam Smith has been more or less an ever-present since joining Bournemouth for the season last September, making 40 appearances helping them to a top six finish a year after winning promotion from the bottom division.
Prior to this spell, the 20-year-old gained senior experience in loans at Wycombe and Torquay in 2009-10, but the current campaign has seen him excel.
Adam knows all the hard work over the past nine months comes down to a two-legged clash with Huddersfield – the first leg at home tomorrow lunchtime with the return next Wednesday – before a potential final at Old Trafford against either MK Dons or Peterborough.
But the youngster – who caught the eye for us in pre-season three years ago with impressive performances at our Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament success in Rotterdam – is relishing the big occasion and the chance of gaining a real string to his bow.
He said: “It’s gone well. You learn a lot of things playing week in, week out. I’ve never really had that before so it’s definitely opened my eyes.
“We were promoted from League Two and nobody expected us to be in the position that we’re in. To get in the Play-Offs is a massive achievement for Bournemouth.
“It’s an exciting prospect. The Play-Offs are a lottery, there are no favourites, anything can happen. Hopefully we can win both legs. We’re all looking forward to it.
“It’s weird to think how hard you’ve worked throughout the whole season and then it all comes down to these three games. But it’s the big games that players want to play in, so I’m buzzing for it.
“We’ve played well against Huddersfield this season so we’re quite confident against them. You’ve got to play the best teams to win and get up to the Championship.
“It would be great if we won promotion, and it would look good on my CV to have been promoted with a team while out on loan.”