Ritchie Signs On At St. James' Park
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United have completed their third summer signing with the arrival of winger Matt Ritchie
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United have completed their third summer signing with the arrival of winger Matt Ritchie from AFC Bournemouth.
Ritchie spent three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth, making 142 appearances, scoring 31 goals and recording 29 assists.
He helped the Cherries lift the League One and Championship titles, as well as playing a key role in establishing Bournemouth in the Premier League last season.
Previously, Ritchie started his career at Portsmouth and spent time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge, Notts County and Swindon Town, before joining the Robins permanently.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this," said Ritchie.
"I loved it at Bournemouth - I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn't pass up this opportunity.
"It's fantastic to be here and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of getting the Club back in the Premier League."
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said: "We have been following some wingers for a while and Matt was one of the best prospects for this team.
"He has great ability and pace, and as soon as we knew that Andros Townsend could be leaving, our priority was to finalise this deal.
"We have signed an exciting winger who has experience in the Championship but has also proved that he can step up to the top level. I am delighted that he is now part of our squad."