DAN GOSLING has admitted he felt “frustrated” at his lack of his involvement with Newcastle United, and is looking forward to kick-starting his career with Bournemouth.
Gosling left Newcastle as a free agent at the end of the season, having made just 36 senior appearances in his four years on Tyneside.
The 24-year-old midfielder has already agreed to join Bournemouth, and will formally sign a four-year deal with the Championships club once the transfer window officially reopens next month.
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Newcastle looked to have pulled off quite a coup when they persuaded Gosling to turn down the offer of a new contract at Everton and move to St James’ Park on a free transfer in 2010.
However, he failed to live up to his billing throughout his Magpies career, and spent three months on loan at Blackpool over the winter before returning to feature in Newcastle’s first team in five of the final six games of the campaign.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here, but my only disappointment was the lack of playing time,” said Gosling. “That is frustrating for any footballer.
“Newcastle is a great club with amazing fans. I have enjoyed my time, and will always look out for the results, but every player wants to play week in, week out, and I am no different.
“I have found a club that suits me, where I believe I can fit into the system well and hopefully I can have a good future there.”
A succession of injuries hampered Gosling’s attempts to cement a first-team place in the early stages of his Newcastle career, and when he eventually returned to fitness, he found the Magpies embarking on a spell of success that would eventually see them finish fifth and qualify for Europe.
He only made eight appearances in the whole of the 2012-13 campaign, and has been released as Newcastle’s recruitment team look to restructure a squad that flopped repeatedly in the second half of last season.
“In football, you always have ups and downs,” said Gosling. “Things go for you at some clubs, and at others, it doesn’t. This (his experience at Newcastle) is probably one of those things in football that happens.
“It’s not for a lack of trying. The competition was good, and the season we finished fifth, we were winning most weeks so you can’t change a winning team. I know that.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a great set of lads and have made some really top friends, both in terms of players and staff.
“I’ve built some really good relationships, it’s just a shame the football side of things hasn’t worked out how I would have liked it to.”