Wiggins set for Cherries stay
Bradbury confident of keeping full-back
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: June 10, 2011 10:46pm
Wiggins: Expected to stay at Bournemouth as Bradbury looks to keep his top players
Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury insists that highly-rated full-back Rhoys Wiggins will remain at the club this summer.
The former Wales Under-21 international played a crucial role in helping the Cherries qualify for the play-offs, after making the switch from Norwich permanently a year ago.
The 23-year-old then stunned the South Coast club in March by handing in a transfer request, but Bradbury has told skysports.com that Wiggins remains a key part of his plans for next season.
"He is still a Bournemouth player and as long as that is the case he will continue to give 100% because that is the type of lad he is," said Bradbury.
"I've not had any interest in him so far this summer and until that changes he will remain a Bournemouth player."
Cherries skipper Jason Pearce also looks set to stay with the club after his proposed move to Championship new boys Peterborough collapsed due to a sell-on clause in his contract.
However, due to the club's success this season, after reaching the play-offs in their first season back in the third tier, Bradbury realises that Pearce may not be the last of his squad in demand this summer.
"I'm sure there are a few clubs looking at our players and sometimes you can become victims of your own success," he admitted.
"The lads have done brilliantly and unfortunately we didn't quite make it to the next level, but the players will have been watched by other clubs during the course of the season.
"Hopefully, we can keep the same group of players that have done so well last season for next year and build on it with a couple of additions."