Rejuvenated winger sets sights on The Millers
Toby Ajala believes he can reignite his football career at AFC Wimbledon after a promising start since joining the Dons on loan.
The tricky winger, who is only 21 years of age, endured disappointment last year when he failed to make the grade at Hull City and Ajala has yet to force his way into Bristol City’s first-team plans since joining them in the summer after a spell in non league.
However, his performances for City’s Under-21s team impressed manager Derek McInnes enough to earn a contract until the end of 2012/13 – and attracted the attention of Neal Ardley.
The Wimbledon boss threw Ajala in at the deep end by thrusting him into the spotlight of a televised FA Cup tie at Milton Keynes and then last Saturday it was a challenge of a different kind at bottom of the table Barnet.
Speaking to Rob Cornell on Dons Player, Ajala said: “It was a big occasion for me playing in that match (FA Cup tie). It provided a really special moment for me with the assist for our goal. It was a moment that I will never forget in my career as I had never played in front of 16,000 people before.
“I am enjoying my time here because Wimbledon is a good club. The supporters have been very vocal in getting behind us during the games I have played. The players here are all really down to earth and everyone wants to help each other. That is really good for me because that environment will make me become a better player.”
Ajala added that Wimbledon must repeat the battling spirit on show during the second-half against Barnet if they are to get anything against Rotherham tomorrow.
“Our momentum is good and we will be looking to get three points in that game,” he added. “It is a big game for us and every player will need to play like we did at Barnet. We have to put 100 per cent in and make sure that we battle for the ball right the way through the match.”
The full video interview with Toby Ajala can be viewed on Dons Player.