A-League: Alex Paulsen signs with Bournemouth

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

The 21-year-old goalkeeper, who was also named captain of the PFA team in the A-League season, played an outstanding season for the Wellington Phoenix side that finished second in the rankings and was eliminated a week before the grand final.

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

“It means a lot to me, my family and my friends to have the opportunity to play in the best league in the world. Most aspiring young footballers can only dream of this.

“I am proud of the achievements I made in Phoenix’s most successful season.

“However, I am my own worst critic and obsessed with wanting to improve, so I really want to use this season as a foundation to improve and move on to the next level.”

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

“He is a promising player with a lot of 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 fits perfectly with the club’s transfer strategy,” said Italiano.

“The goal from day one was to let the young players play, get them in the spotlight and give them the opportunity to advance to the next level.”

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