Evergreen Jermain Defoe has vowed to repay Bournemouth in goals after they underlined their faith in his longevity by handing him a three-year contract at the age of 34.
Defoe, who will be just three months shy of his 38th birthday when the deal expires, netted 15 times for relegated Sunderland last season and insists he can continue to defy his advancing years.
“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals,” he said.
The former Tottenham and West Ham star was available on a free transfer due to a clause in his Sunderland contract and says it was an easy choice to return to the Cherries, where a teenaged Defoe caught wider attention in a prolific loan spell.
“When the opportunity came about to return to Bournemouth, I just knew it was the right one,” he added. “It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.”
Bournemouth are expected to follow Defoe’s capture with the £20m signing of versatile Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake, who shone on loan at the Vitality Stadium in the first half of last term.