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Jason surprised by return

31 December 2012

Striker on Torquay test and beating the drop

Jason Prior says he has finally put his injury nightmare behind him after making his League 2 return as a substitute against Oxford United on Saturday.

The 24-year-old striker told Dons Player that he is relishing being back in the first-team picture and he has now managed to banish the memories of the double leg break that resulted in an eight-month lay-off.

Speaking to Rob Cornell ahead of tomorrow’s match at Torquay United, Jason said: “I have surprised myself really because I was a bit worried about how I would feel about playing again and that the leg break may be at the back of my mind. I am happy with how quickly I have been able to come back and be in and around the squad. I am nowhere near being able to start a game yet, but hopefully I can help the lads by coming off the bench.”

Jason added that Wimbledon’s players have been left in no doubt that Saturday’s performance against Oxford was simply not good enough. He added that players in the squad know that they are fighting for their futures with Wimbledon currently sitting bottom of League 2.

“The manager came in and read the riot act to us on Saturday at half-time,” Jason said. “The second-half was completely different, but we cannot keep going behind before we start playing. We have got to be sharper and better as individual mistakes are costing us. No one else is going to help us get out of this situation and we have to help ourselves.

“There is no point getting down in the dumps as that is not going to help anyone. With January coming up and a few new players coming in, the lads will have to play for their places now. The manager has told us that we have to stick together and keep pulling in the same direction. The club has done so well to get into the league and to go back down to the Conference would not be good enough.”

Dons Player subscribers can now view the full video interview with Jason Prior.

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