Bournemouth academy player Jake McCarthy is well on his way towards fulfilling the career of his dreams. The 19-year-old defender is training hard and aims to be selected for Eddie Howe’s first team squad in the near future.
McCarthy, who is from Blandford in North Dorset, first started playing football for his local team Blandford Warriors. He was spotted by Bournemouth at the age of 12 during a summer soccer camp at The Blandford School.
“I really impressed one of the coaches with a bit of fancy skill and a goal, and he asked to speak to me and my mum afterwards,” he said.
The youngster was then signed for the academy and he has remained at the club ever since.
A change in position and loan moves to AFC Totton and Dorchester Town have all helped McCarthy to progress his career. On the last few years, which has seen him sign his first professional contract, he said: “My game has improved massively with all the support of the coaches and players. I hope it can continue that way.”
First team prospects
The academy star has trained with the first team squad before and been on the bench twice, against Exeter and Cardiff. Unfortunately a back injury kept McCarthy sidelined for 5 months, but he is working hard to get the call up again soon.
Summer signing Sylvain Distin has pushed the 19-year-old slightly further down the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium, but when asked about his future first team ambitions, the youngster said:
“Hopefully in the foreseeable future I will make my debut”
McCarthy added: “For now I need to keep working hard and when my chance comes, I need to grab it with both hands.”