Cherries: Ings wants to be club's next homegrown hotshot
DANNY Ings admitted it would be a dream to become Cherries' latest homegrown hotshot but he is determined to avoid comparisons and build his own reputation. The 18-year-old forward was this week handed a new Dean Court deal and is now tied to the club until the summer of 2012. A delighted Ings described himself as very surprised over his latest contract and confessed putting pen to paper was one of the easiest decisions he'd ever had to make. Boss Eddie Howe demonstrated his faith in the emerging talent after watching him shine on loan for Dorset neighbours Dorchester Town since being handed his first professional deal. Plagued by an abdominal injury last term, the Cherries youth team graduate grasped his opportunity to impress at senior level by scoring seven goals in 13 appearances a record that made him an instant hit with the Magpies faithful. The exit of Josh McQuoid to Millwall could open the door for Ings to try to mirror his predecessor's rise, with the rookie frontman likely to be in Cherries' squad to visit Bristol Rovers tomorrow (3pm). But despite the pair both rolling off the Dean Court production line and sharing an ability to play wide and through the middle, Ings does not compare himself to McQuoid. He labelled the Millwall star a great player but insisted he wanted to make a name for himself as he bids to follow in the goalscoring footsteps of Sam Vokes, Brett Pitman and McQuoid. I like to play as me and no one else, he told the Echo. I wouldn't compare myself to anybody else when I play. It would just be a dream to be the next player coming through the youth system. Getting a spot in the first team and playing week in, week out would be a dream for me. I'm going to do the training, work as hard as I can and try to get into the team and, hopefully, stay in the team when I get my chance. Ings was quick to underline the importance of his loan spell at Dorchester. He added: I think going to Dorchester was the best thing that I could have done. Because I had a long-term injury, I didn't have time to show people my potential and what I can do on the pitch. But going to Dorchester really brought out the best in me.
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