Name: Sam Surridge
Date of Birth: 28 July 1998
Place of Birth: Slough
Born on July 28th 1998, Sam is a striker who hails from Wimborne and was part of Bournemouth's Academy system. Having had a 2015-16 loan spell with Weymouth, he then went out on loan to Poole Town during the 2016-17 season and scored eight goals in sixteen fixtures, and so the Cherries are aiming to push him up a level this time around. Boss Darren Way said of the striker's arrival:
"Sam first came to our attention last January, and we feel this next move is a fantastic move for Sam and Yeovil Town. I'm sure he’ll follow on from the previous loanees we've had from Bournemouth in enjoying the environment here, and we must thank Eddie Howe for his comments last night and for trusting us with the development of his young talent."
Sam's Bournemouth teammate Benik Afobe believes that the teenager is capable of breaking into Bournemouth's first team in due course, saying last month:
"Sam is a good lad and a good finisher. He works hard. He is still young and has a lot to learn. He isn't the finished article but his finishing ability is very high. He likes scoring goals. You can see that every time a finishing drill is put on, he wants to join in. He is quite tall and is going to fill out. He will get stronger and his finishing is probably his best attribute, which is a great attribute to have. You can see he has the hunger to score goals and he did that last season. Every time he has trained with us, he has done well."
In January 2017, Bournemouth gave him an 18 month contract, meaning that his loan deal with the Cherries will run for the remainder of that deal. He has been with Bournemouth since the age of 14, having played locally for Bournemouth Sports. They had planned to send him out on loan to Gillingham in January 2017, but the deal fell through after the Kent side had a change of first team management.
Sam agreed a season long loan deal with Yeovil Town on August 3rd 2017, just before the start of the 2017-18 season.
Total Appearances: 53
Total Goals: 10
Debut Appearance: 5 August 2017
Debut Goal: 29 August 2017