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Bournemouth sign experienced Stoke defender Marc Wilson

Published 15/08/2016

Marc Wilson has left Stoke to join Bournemouth on a two-year deal
Marc Wilson has left Stoke to join Bournemouth on a two-year deal

Bournemouth have completed the signing of defender Marc Wilson for an undisclosed fee from Premier League rivals Stoke.

The Republic of Ireland international has signed a two-year contract with Eddie Howe's side to end his six-year stay in the Potteries.

Wilson, 28, returns to familiar surroundings having scored three goals in 27 appearances during two loan spells with the Cherries in 2007.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club's official website: "We're pleased to bring Marc back to the club.

"He'll add a wealth of experience to Eddie's defensive options, having played in the top flight and internationally.

"It's yet more competition for places which will help the squad thrive in our second season in the Premier League."

Wilson, who began his career with Portsmouth, made 178 appearances during his time at the Bet365 Stadium, scoring his only goal for the club in a 2-0 win at Blackburn in December 2010.

He found first-team football hard to come by last season, playing just 10 times for Mark Hughes' men.

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