Harry Arter rewarded for good Cherries form with Eire call-up

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Bournemouth's Harry Arter has been granted a call-up to Martin O'Neill's 35-man preliminary Republic of Ireland squad for the Poland match on March 29.

25-year-old midfielder Harry Arter has been rewarded for his good form with Bournemouth this year with a first call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly against Poland on March 29.

"He is having a very good season," Martin O'Neill told the Irish Independent after picking Arter in a 35-man preliminary squad for the upcoming game.

"I think, yeah, why not? It would be nice to have a look at him. He's obviously played at underage level and I wanted to introduce another fresh face."

The Cherries midfielder has been a mainstay in Eddie Howe's team and his performances in the centre of the park have been one of the reasons for the lofty position that Bournemouth find themselves in.

However, he has had disciplinary issues, picking up ten bookings so far this season and in 173 appearances for the Cherries has collected an incredible 52 cautions.

Arter will serve a one-match suspension for Bournemouth's next game against Blackpool having being found guilty of improper conduct in and around the tunnel during the match against Brentford on 21st February. Arter was actually serving a two-match ban at the time and is understood to have spoken out of turn to referee Mike Dean following the 3-1 defeat.

Arter has made 34 Championship appearances this season for Bournemouth, scoring six goals and making three assists. He signed for the Cherries on a free from Woking in 2010 after being released by Charlton.

The Sidcup-born player qualifies for the Republic through his grandparents and has previously played for the under-17 and under-19 sides.

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