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, who was also named the PFA team captain for the A-League season, had an outstanding campaign for Wellington Phoenix, who finished second in the table and a week away from the grand final.

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

“It means the world to me, my family and my friends to be given the opportunity to play in the best league on the planet that most aspiring young footballers only dream of.

“I am proud of the accomplishments I have achieved in Phoenix’s most successful season.

“But I’m my own worst critic and I’m obsessed with wanting to improve, so I really want to use this season as a base to step up and take it to the next level.”

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said the Cherries, whose chairman is Auckland FC owner Bill Foley, were “very pleased” to secure 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 fits perfectly with the club’s transfer strategy,” Italiano said.

“The goal from day one was to play the young guys, get them in the window and give them a chance to progress to the next level.”

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