Neal Ardley has this afternoon bolstered his attacking options by completing a season-long loan deal for Burnley right-winger George Porter.
It was a case of second time lucky for manager Neal Ardley, who tried to sign the 21-year-old last season before the player’s successful loan spell at League 1 Colchester United.
Speaking to Dons Player, Neal expressed his delight at Porter’s capture after a long chase for his signature and he explained that the pacy forward is likely to be utilised on the flank.
“We tried to bring George in last season, but unfortunately Colchester came in for him and he went there,” said Neal. “Simon Bassey also knew about George from the time when he was at Cray Wanderers and then Leyton Orient. When we heard there might be a chance of signing George I quickly got on the phone to my former team-mate Sean Dyche. After a couple of conversations, there was half a chance of it happening; we have kept driving until we got there.
“George is a Championship player who has played in League 1 with both Colchester and Leyton Orient. When Eddie Howe was Burnley manager he watched George play for an hour one time at Orient and offered him a three-year deal. He is not part of Burnley’s plans at the moment and that is great for us because the player is desperate to play football. George is from the London area and is coming back home; I think he will enjoy his football and that will show in his performances.
“George is very quick and direct; he will give us real high energy and creativity in the final third. This signing gives us really good options in wide areas; we already have Kevin Sainte-Luce, Chris Arthur, George Francomb and Luke Moore can also fill in there. Whether we play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 we have players with pace who can dominate in one-on-one situations.”
George Porter says he cannot wait to get started at AFC Wimbledon having been impressed by the club’s support in the past.
“When I lived in Bromley I watched AFC Wimbledon play and I was intrigued by how many fans they would bring,” he said. “They certainly brought a lot of fans and it showed what a good support the club had. I spoke to the manager at Burnley and he said it would be a great move for me. He told me that Neal is a good guy who will look after me and play great football. Neal wants me to take players on and play football in the right way.”
Dons Player subscribers can now watch a video interview with Neal Ardley on our premium site and we will feature the thoughts of George Porter on making his loan switch later today.