AFC Bournemouth: Lewis Grabban defends Brighton talks

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban defended his decision to hold talks with Brighton, before agreeing a new contract at Dean Court on Saturday.

Grabban, 26, seemed set to move along the coast but signed an improved deal with the Cherries.

The forward says he felt justified in holding initial talks with Bournemouth's Championship rivals.

"You can't be blind to what is happening around you if you are doing well," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Grabban joined Bournemouth from Rotherham in the summer of 2012 and has scored 11 goals in 26 appearances this season.

This is the second time this season that the club have given Grabban a new contract, after he initially extended his deal through to 2016 in November.

"What some people may not understand is that you have to see what someone else is saying," he added.

"Footballers doing well, or in any aspect of life if you are doing well, you should be rewarded and that's what has probably happened here.

"I think now it's about working hard, keep going and try and get to the next level."

Grabban says that now the uncertainty is resolved, he is relishing his future at Bournemouth.

"I'm happy here and that's why I've signed a new deal," he added. "I'm happy to be here and continue playing here.

"I've always known there is a vision here and it was about thinking about my future and what was going to be best.

"Ultimately, I decided my future would be best here."