Cooper commits to Cherries

Bradbury and Pitman also agree new deals

Cooper: Staying put

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Bournemouth's bid to bounce straight back up into League One next season received a boost with Shaun Cooper committing his future to the club.

The utility man was out of contract at the end of last season and Crewe claimed they were on the verge of signing the 24-year-old last week.

But a deal was not done with the League One outfit and Cooper will extend his four-year spell with the Cherries after agreeing a new two-year contract.

"Having spent the majority of the day in dialogue with Shaun and his agent, I was thrilled to receive confirmation that Shaun had agreed to remain at Dean Court," Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn told their official website.

Commitment

"This is a clear indication of our commitment to retaining the players that completed the season in such magnificent fashion."

Veteran striker Lee Bradbury and youngster Brett Pitman have also accepted new contract offers, with Bradbury agreeing a one-year deal and Pitman pledging himself to the Cherries until 2010.

Last season's top scorer Jo Kuffour is also set to stay, despite rumours he would be sold to appease the club's administrators.

"(Manager) Kevin Bond and I have worked extremely hard to secure new contracts in difficult circumstances," Mostyn added.

"The players in question have shown us great loyalty and this can only bode well for the new season."