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Jermain Defoe back to AFC Bournemouth: Where he'll be playing for Bradley Lowery

Tuesday 1st August 2017
One of England's most respected footballers, Jermain Defoe will be setting himself new targets this season. The ex-Sunderland frontman signed as a free agent with AFC Bournemouth this summer. After The Black Cats suffered relegation, Defoe had no other choice but to retain Premier League status by signing with The Cherries.

Jermain Defoe has had a great reputation throughout his career. Whether he played with the club you support or not, you will notice the Englishman is a very humble character. Although not tall he is very clever on and around the ball. Defoe is a clinical finisher and even at the age of 34, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Born in Beckton, London, Defoe has had his fair share of clubs throughout his career. He started out at West Ham United before being sent out on loan to Bournemouth back in the 2000/01 season. He's also played at clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and most recently Sunderland.
The five-foot-seven striker managed to help Sunderland with 30 goals in their last two campaigns. However, Sunderland ended up being relegated and Defoe's time to move on came when his old club, Bournemouth came calling.

Defoe had to pack his bags and say his goodbye's but that wasn't the hardest goodbye for him over the summer. He formed a friendship with a boy who stole the hearts of the nation, Bradley Lowery. Ever since Defoe started playing for Sunderland, Bradley Lowery saw him as a hero. Jermain became flattered and formed a special bond with Bradley who suffered from a rare disease, Neuroblastoma.

Since forming this friendship it was a great motivation builder that Defoe had another reason to play for. He knew that Bradley's time was running out but wanted to make sure he put a smile on his face, forgetting about the bad things in life.

Throughout June and July earlier this year Bradley Lowery's health was deteriorating fast and everybody feared the worst. Defoe would contact the Lowery family for updates. He would also meet up regularly with Bradley but he sadly passed away on July 7th, 2017 at just 6-years-old. Despite this, Bradley's legacy will still live on and most will remember him for his smile and positive outlook on life.

This Friday Sunderland will face up against Derby in an opening Championship fixture. A one-minute applause will take place at the Stadium of Light before kickoff. This will be in respect to pay tribute to Bradley's life and his accomplishments. Bradley not only stole the hearts of football fans but people around the world. Messages in his name came flooding in from all corners of the globe.

Jermain Defoe will be dedicating all his work and effort in tribute to his former friend and will hopefully get many more goals this season. The Cherries boss, Eddie Howe knew that bringing in Jermain Defoe was a move forward and can contribute to scoring many goals this season. The arrival of Defoe was not the only player brought in as Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake joined the club also.

All-in-all Jermain Defoe will dedicate any of his contributions this season to his former friend Bradley Lowery.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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