Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury is delighted to finally bring in a right-back to play for the Cherries next season, but he admitted it was a hard fought battle to sign Nathan Byrne.
The 19-year-old arrives at Seward Stadium on loan from Barclays Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, but for the remainder of last season played for Npower League One rivals Brentford.
"We are really pleased to get him on board," said the Bournemouth boss. "He is a really well regarded full back at Tottenham. We have had him watched and our chief scout really liked him. He is energy personified.
"He is very quick, very fit and a good player that will bring a lot of energy to our right side. He likes to run the winger back the other way but he can also defend. “
Bradbury bagged Byrne after Adam Smith, 20, who was also loaned from Tottenham Hotspur, finished his loan spell. "He is very similar to Adam Smith in that he wants to go forward and attack.
"He went out on loan last season and did well. A few other clubs in our league were looking to take him and, thankfully, we got in there just before them. It is a really good signing."
Byrne has played for Tottenham's youth team, but has never started for the senior side. Bradbury was especially pleased with the loan option, as it allowed the club the flexibility to try out new potential for Bournemouth
He said: "Ideally, we would have liked to have signed a right-back on a permanent basis, but there are not many out there at the moment for the way we like to play.
"I didn’t just want to sign anyone for the sake of it. I would rather bring in a loan and get the person and type of player we want."