Hayter boost for Cherries

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Bournemouth have received a big boost with the news that James Hayter has signed a new two-year deal at Dean Court.

The Cherries are currently battling to avoid relegation from League One and 18-goal top scorer Hayter has been doing his best to keep them in the division.

Bournemouth are just four points above the drop zone but the news that Hayter has penned a new two-year deal to extend his stay until 2008 will be a big boost to Sean O'Driscoll's men.

Chairman Peter Phillips was delighted that 26-year-old Hayter had agreed to sign a new deal with the club, and believes he can help keep them up.

"We have been in discussions with James and his representatives for several weeks and I am delighted we have been able to reach agreement," said Phillips.

"This was a very big decision for James. He is a marvellous player, a proven goalscorer, and ambitious to test himself at the highest level possible.

"It is a tribute to his loyalty and his belief in the future of this club that he has decided to pursue his ambitions here at Bournemouth.

"I'm certain this news will be a great boost for the supporters and the team as we pull out all the stops to retain our League One status over the next few weeks and build a competitive squad for next season."