Bournemouth signing Tyrone Mings hails Eddie Howe influence

Tyrone Mings
Mings made 44 appearances as Ipswich reached last season's Championship play-offs

New Bournemouth signing Tyrone Mings says the chance to work with manager Eddie Howe was key to him agreeing a move to the Premier League club.

Defender Mings, 22, has joined the Cherries from Ipswich for a reported £8m on a four-year contract.

It comes less than three years after he almost quit the game before signing for the Championship club from non-league Chippenham Town for just £10,000.

"The manager had a big impact on my decision to come down here," he said.

"He is probably one of the most exciting young English managers.

Tyrone Mings's unorthodox journey to the Premier League
Released at 16 by Southampton in 2009 when the club's youth budget was slashed during administration
Spent two years at Millfield School, Somerset on a football scholarship after leaving the Saints
Spells in non-league with Yate and Chippenham followed while he juggled part-time work as a mortgage advisor
Picked up by Ipswich in 2012 after impressing manager Mick McCarthy in a trial match
Became noted for his acts of kindness off the field such as organising tickets for a fan who was short of money, volunteering at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day and paying off his mum's debts

"To come and work for him and learn new ideas and different aspects of the game, positionally and tactically, I think is really going to benefit me and my game. I think it will bring me on a long way."

Mings began his career as a trainee with Southampton before being released as a 16-year-old.

Spells in non-league with Yate Town and Chippenham Town followed for the Bath-born left-back, but six months before Mick McCarthy took him to Portman Road in 2012, he was considering a career change as a mortgage advisor.

He went on to make 44 appearances for Ipswich last season as the Tractor Boys reached the play-off semi-finals, but is preparing for a new tactical approach once he starts his Bournemouth career.

"The manager said it will probably be a bit of a culture shock at first, but I'm looking forward to it," he added.

"What I'm used to at Ipswich wasn't as easy on the eye I guess, but it worked well for us last season."

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