Former Leeds United hero Ian Harte returning to the Premier League aged 37

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Ex-Leeds defender Ian Harte will return to the Premier League with Bournemouth.

Bournemouth all but clinched Premier League promotion on Monday night after a 3-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers.

The Cherries have risen up from League Two to the top flight in just five years, with manager Eddie Howe earning all the plaudits for three promotions whilst in charge of the club.

With an attractive brand of football, Bournemouth have hit 95 league goals this season, with Howe having a number of great attacking players at his disposal.

Callum Wilson, Yann Kermorgant and Matt Ritchie have been vital for Bournemouth this season, and now get a chance to test themselves in the top flight.

Yet for Ian Harte, it's another return to the Premier League. The 37-year-old left back has played just nine games this season, but will be looking to stay with Bournemouth this summer, with his future in some doubt right now given that his contract expires this summer.

Harte is best known for his time with Leeds, where he scored 39 goals in 288 games, becoming an Elland Road hero in the glory days under David O'Leary.

Harte was deadly from free kicks and was a mainstay of the Leeds side which enjoyed so much success under O'Leary, featuring alongside the likes of Alan Smith, Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Lee Bowyer and Rio Ferdinand before leaving to join Levante upon Leeds' relegation in 2004.

Having also been promoted with Reading in 2012, Harte has now been promoted to the Premier League with two clubs in the time that Leeds have been away from the top flight.

That may be a source of frustration for some Leeds fans, but many will be delighted to see Harte one more chance in the Premier League - if Bournemouth choose to extend his contract.

After some time in the wilderness following his Leeds exit, Harte could now be set for another Premier League return - over ten years since Leeds' relegation.

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