Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has joined Championship club Bournemouth on loan from Southampton up until completion of the season.

Long has discovered first-team opportunities difficult to come by at St Mary’s this season – he’s made just one full appearance in the Premier League project – part of 11 appearances in total.

34-year-old Long signs up with a Cherries side that lies 6th in the Champion, simply inside the play-off positions.

The Tipperary local has taken pleasure in a successful career in English football, with Premier League stints at Reading, West Bromwich Albion, and Hull City logged prior to his relocate to Southampton in 2014.

He has actually scored 55 goals in 331 Premier League looks and 17 objectives in 85 appearances for the national group.

The possibility of first-team football for Long ought to please Republic of Ireland supervisor Stephen Kenny ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Luxembourg in March.

The Boys in Green only scored one goal in all of 2020 – which originated from centre-half Shane Duffy versus Bulgaria.

Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall states Shane Long’s track record will be an addition to the dressing room at the Vitality Stadium.

” I am pleased to bring an aggressor of Shane’s experience and quality to the club.

” In addition to his undoubted technical capability, Shane’s character, maturity, and leadership skills are something we have actually been browsing for to add to what is a fairly young team.

” He has played at the highest level for the bulk of his career – consisting of the previous 9 seasons – and we are wishing to bring the finest out of him over the coming months as we aim to acquire promotion back to the Premier League.”