A-League: Alex Paulsen signs with Bournemouth

A-League All-Stars goalkeeper Alex Paulsen has joined English Premier League club Bournemouth.

The 21-year-old gloveman, who was also named captain of the PFA team of the A-League season, had an outstanding season for a Wellington Phoenix team that finished second in the table and crashed out a week before the final.

“I am honored to be considered worthy of signing for Bournemouth in the Premier League,” said Paulsen, whose move secured Phoenix a club-record transfer fee.

“It means so much to me, my family and my friends to have the opportunity to play in the best league on the planet, something most young aspiring footballers only dream of.

“I am proud of my accomplishments in what was Phoenix’s most successful season.

“However, I am my own worst critic and am obsessed with wanting to get better, so I really want to use this season as a foundation to grow and take it to another level.”

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said the Cherries, whose chairman is Auckland FC owner Bill Foley, were “very pleased” to have secured Paulsen’s services.

“He is an exciting prospect with so much potential, and his development has been clear for all to see during an excellent season in the A-League,” Blake said.

Phoenix coach Giancarlo Italiano was “proud” of Paulsen.

“His move aligns perfectly with the club’s transfer strategy,” Italiano said.

“The goal from day one has been to get the younger guys playing, get them showcased and give them a chance to progress to the next level.”

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