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Dons boss praises Brett

23 July 2012

Terry expects tough match

Terry Brown has chosen a strong squad for tomorrow night's pre-season friendly at Woking.

The Dons boss is expecting a tough match at Kingfield in the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup against Blue Square Premier new boys Woking, who are likely to include our former defender Brett Johnson in their side. Cards manager Garry Hill has also boosted his squad with the additions of Loick Pires, Bradley Bubb, Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer and Jack Parkinson. However, signing Johnson, who played a crucial role for the Dons in our promotion to the Football League, is arguably Woking's best signing.

Terry Brown said: "I first worked with Brett at Aldershot and then decided to bring him to Wimbledon. He was a fantastic role model at both clubs for the younger players. He always gave 100 per cent and it was a very difficult decision to let him go at the end of last season. Brett made a major contribution when we got promoted and was one of the main reasons why we got to the Football League."

After being far from impressed by his side's 2-0 friendly win at Bognor on Saturday, Terry is demanding more from the squad against the Blue Square South Champions. "It will be one of our hardest pre-season games," he added. "Woking had a big season in getting promoted to the Conference and they have added quality players to their squad. It will be a difficult game for us and it will tell us a lot about our players. Tomorrow night and Eastbourne on Saturday will be the last two games of mixing the squad around. After Eastbourne I will be looking to give players 90 minutes on a regular basis as we are getting towards the start of the season now."

Warren Cummings will be not risked due to illness and Stacy Long has a tight hamstring so he also misses out.

The full squad is: Seb Brown, Curtis Osano, Pim Balkestein, Aaron Racciny, Jim Fenlon, Louis Harris, Dan Collier, Will Bor, Brendan Kiernan, Christian Jolley, Charlie Strutton, Mat Mitchel-King, Yilmaz Aksoy, Dan Sweeney, Frankie Merrifield, Sammy Moore, Luke Moore, Byron Harrison, Jack Midson.


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