Harry Arter proud of his Ireland call-up
Harry Arter has spoken of his pride after he was called-up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the first time for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.
Arter was one of the stand-out names in O'Neill's extended squad, that will be trimmed before he assembles his players ahead of the vital Dublin qualifier later this month.
English born Arter was keen to praise his Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as he reflected on his progress, as he made the step from non-league football in England to the top end of the Championship division over the last five years.
“I’m feeling really pleased,” stated Arter. “My main goal is to do well with Bournemouth and I knew in the back of my mind if I do that I’d get a chance to play at international level for Ireland.
“Hopefully that chance has come and if I do get the opportunity to play it will be one I’m looking forward to and one i’ll look at with a lot of pride.
“I'm sure the manager is pleased to see me in the Ireland squad. If you look back to when I first signed, especially for the fee and where I came from, you probably wouldn’t have thought we’d be sitting top of the Championship five years later and I’d get my call up.
“So as an individual relationship me and him have, it’s something we can look back on with a lot of pride.
“He’s helped me a lot to get to this point and I’m very thankful to him.”
Arter also admitted that having been released from Charlton aged just 19 and being forced to work his way back up from the Conference South, the day of his first international call up was one he thought may never come.
“When I got released, international level wasn’t something I ever thought about,” he admitted.
“Getting back into the Football League was my main concern, whether that was League One or Two, albeit I knew that if I did get there, I’d have ambition to get to where I am now.
“Ambition isn’t always easy to achieve, it’s hard to achieve your ambitions. haven’t fully achieved them yet, I still have a lot more I want to achieve.
“I’ve got to a good point in my career at the moment and it’s a place I’m enjoying, but I’m not ready to rest on my laurels yet. I’m looking forward to future challenges.”