AFC Bournemouth: Marc Pugh relishes Championship challenge

Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh is determined to prove himself as a Championship player this season.

Pugh has been struggling with injury in pre-season but is confident of being fit for the curtain raiser against Charlton a week on Saturday.

He was one of the stars of the club's promotion campaign and cannot wait for a first crack at the second tier.

"It's a big season and a lot is expected of us," the 26-year-old told BBC Radio Solent.

Pugh had stalled on signing a new contract last season because of his desire to play in the Championship.

He eventually agreed a new deal in November and with the Cherries having won promotion from League One, he now wants to show he can excel at a higher level.

"I've always believed I'm good enough and I believe in the team and I believe we can do well in the Championship," he said.

"We just need to strike the right balance between good football and overplaying it.

"We're learning and we've got some outstanding young talent."