LUCKY Ryan Garry believes Cherries are finally on the right track following more lows than highs during his Dean Court career.
Garry has worked under three different managers and has seen the club change hands on no fewer than three occasions since his arrival just two years ago.
The 25-year-old has also watched the club go into financial meltdown, with administration resulting in two separate points deductions and one relegation.
And notwithstanding Cherries recurring off-field problems, Garry has also suffered more than his fair share of injuries during his 26-month stay.
It has been a real eye-opener for the classy defender who was weaned on relative stability as he progressed through the ranks at former club Arsenal.
However, Garry is convinced a sea change both on and off the pitch has led to the green shoots of recovery starting to sprout at the Dorset outfit.
The amiable Londoner told the Daily Echo: If Im honest, there have been more negative outcomes than positive ones since Ive been here. The first real positive was staying up last season.
Weve had points docked and changes in manager and chairman. But since the new takeover went through in the summer, the stability that has been put in place has filtered down.
Weve got a great manager in Eddie and all the lads like and get on with him. Eddie and Jason are doing a great job and I just hope the stability stays within the club.
There is still a cloud with the transfer embargo but that seems to be down to things that went on before. The players and management have no control over that.
Its the hand weve been dealt and weve just got to get on with it. There is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves and I think weve shown that by the way weve started the season.
If we had felt sorry for ourselves last season, we might not have stayed up. Weve just got to keep our heads up and take it from there.
Signed by Kevin Bond, injury restricted Garry to just four starts under Jimmy Quinn and he has enjoyed his most fruitful spell during Eddie Howes tenure in the hot-seat.
Drafted in against Dagenham in February, Garry helped Cherries win eight out of 14 games as they secured their Football League status with a match to spare.
He has also featured in four out of Cherries five league wins this season and captained Howes men to victory against both Yeovil in the JPT and at Torquay on Saturday.
Garry added: It was a huge honour when Eddie asked me to captain the side in the absence of Danny Hollands and Jason Pearce. It is the first time I have captained a club side and I enjoy it.
I wouldnt say it alters my role within the team. Everyone is a voice on the pitch and we have got a lot of experience in the squad.