Ethan Laird comments after Bournemouth loan deal confirmed

Manchester United academy graduate Ethan Laird’s loan move to Bournemouth has been confirmed.

The right-back spent the first half the season at Swansea City, but United have opted to send him to their Championship rivals until the end of the campaign.

Laird has spoken to the Cherries’ official website about the move, and it is clear that he wants to continue improving as a player and help Scott Parker’s side back to the Premier League.

“I’m happy and can’t wait to get started. We’ve got some games to win!” he said. “It’s a Premier League standard (club) and I know a couple of people here. We want to be in the Premier League and I want to help push the team to promotion and develop as a player.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer a few times, really just to say I can’t wait to get started. So many people (at United) have helped me and I can’t wait to be there soon and now it’s the next step of the journey.

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“Everything’s building blocks and building a strong foundation. Now it’s the next step. The Championship is full of physical players with good technical ability.

“Bournemouth are a good team and I enjoyed playing here (with Swansea). I’m explosive, quick and I think I’m an exciting player and I hope to show that myself. Attacking gets people off their feet and I’m blessed I get excitement from that.

He also posted an emotional goodbye to the Swans on Instagram, which can be seen above.

He made 21 appearances for Russell Martin’s side, laying on four assists and spent most of his time playing in a right wing-back role.

Now, he is at a club with genuine promotion ambitions, and they sit top of the second tier, three points ahead of second-placed Blackburn.

There is a chance that Laird could force himself into contention at United next season if he impresses.

The right-back situation is far from certain, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka having experienced time out of the side under Ralf Rangnick and Diogo Dalot unable to maintain a regular slot in the team either.

Of course, the plan is that United will have a new manager for Laird to impress by the time he returns to United. At that point, he will hope to have played his part on getting Bournemouth back to the big time as he embarks on the next stage of his development.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.