FORMER Cherries boss Lee Bradbury has called current youngster Brennan Camp “an absolute player’s warrior” while admitting he is keen to keep the defender at Eastleigh next season.
Bradbury was named Spitfires chief in early March, marking the former Pompey striker’s first full-time role as manager since leaving Cherries in 2012.
Camp, 21, who is out of contract at Cherries this summer, spent the final three months of the season on loan at Silverlake Stadium, his arrival at the National League club briefly preceding Bradbury’s appointment as a manager.
Thanks to his ability and versatility, Camp quickly won admirers with his performances, including his temporary boss.
In his last game for the Spitfires, Camp produced two assists in a marauding display down the right flank, but in previous games he had been deployed as a centre-back.
In total, Camp made 15 appearances for the Spitfires, scoring once.
While at the time of this writing Cherries have yet to submit their shortlist, Bradbury has hinted that the Dorset club have offered Camp a new contract.
Aside from fleeting loan spells with Portland United, Dorchester Town and Poole Town combined with two stints under Mark Molesley at Weymouth, Camp has two senior appearances for Cherries to his name.
Both games came last season, against Norwich in the EFL Cup and Yeovil in the FA Cup.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Bradbury heaped praise on the Scotland youth international, saying: “He’s an absolute warrior of a player.
“He’s tough, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s decent with the ball.
“I believe he is reliable. Wherever you face him, right back, right back, right centre-half of a three or a two, he is reliable and he will give absolutely everything for the team.
“They are hard to find, these types of guys.
“I would absolutely love to sign him long-term, but obviously I think he’s been offered something again at Bournemouth.
“But there will be conversations over the next few weeks that will be important.”