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Jack Wilshere Gets Surprise Move Abroad After Bournemouth Release

Tom Fenton

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Jack Wilshere Gets Surprise Move Abroad After Bournemouth Release

Jack Wilshere has finally found a new club after being released by Championship side AFC Bournemouth last summer.

The former England international has joined Danish outfit AGF on a free transfer, after training with former club Arsenal for the past few months.

The 30-year-old previously made 17 appearances for Bournemouth last season, helping Scott Parker's side earn a place in the playoffs, where they would ultimately lose to Brentford in the Semi-final.

However, despite scoring twice for The Cherries, he was subsequently released last summer, and has been searching for a new club ever since.

On Sunday, Danish reports began to emerge that a move to Superliga side AGF was imminent, which would represent be a great departure for the ex-Arsenal star, who has thus far only plied his trade in England.

Wilshere's struggles over the past few years are well documented, with several serious injuries derailing his Arsenal career after a scintillating start to life at the club. Spells at West Ham at Bournemouth would follow, but he was generally unable to establish himself as a regular starter for either side.

The official AGF Twitter page has all but confirmed Wilshere's arrival with a cryptic post. Showing a video of a number 10 shirt, with the caption reading "In coming".

Just hours later, the club confirmed the move with a video on social media showing him coming into the room after the coach was watching his highlights.

In a statement on his new club's website, the former Arsenal man said, "Since I started training with Arsenal, I have never hidden that it was to be ready for 2022 and for a new club.

"I have now succeeded and it will be an exciting new challenge for me. I am at a point in my career where I need to get started again after a difficult period, and that opportunity AGF has offered me, I am very grateful for that and I will do everything I can to help the team move forward.

"I have been looking for a change and a fresh start and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the team.

"It's clear that I lack a bit of training, but I'm physically in really good shape and fit, so now it's about me to get well into the squad and see if I can earn playing time for the club."

Alongside his early club success, the creative midfielder also enjoyed an impressive England career before injuries began to seriously hamper his progress.

Wilshere has been capped 34 times by the Three Lions since 2010, scoring on two occasions. During this time, he also played for England at the 2016 European Championships.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere

Having not made a first-team appearance for any club since May last year, Wilshere will undoubtedly require some time to get back up to full speed.

And yet, he shouldn't be completely off the pace either, as in December of 2021, it was reported that he was once again training with former club Arsenal, in an attempt to stay fit and sharp in anticipation of a free transfer elsewhere.

Topics: Jack Wilshere, England, Denmark, bournemouth

Tom Fenton
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