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Reaction to Steven's return

13 September 2012

More from Steven on being back with the Dons

Steven Gregory immediately set his sights on helping AFC Wimbledon climb League 2 after re-joining the club where he enjoyed the best day of his football career.

Speaking in a video interview for Dons Player after completing his first training session back at Wimbledon, Steven said: “I think my job now is not to look back, but to look forward, and get results here. I enjoyed being back at training here, you would not think we had been on a bad run from training today. We are looking to get six points from the next two games to be honest. The coaching staff and the backroom staff are the same as when I was last here, but the players are different. I came into training and it was like I had never been away.”

On THAT day up in Manchester last May when Steven helped us to play-off final victory against Luton Town, Steven said: “I still watch the DVD quite regularly as it was the best day that I have had in my football career. They were great memories and I did not really want to leave. But I had the chance to go to a higher level and I do not regret that. I am happy to be back now though and I am ready to win some games.”

Steven, who will wear number 28, added that he had no hesitation in deciding to re-sign for Wimbledon once he knew we were interested.

“I have known that I would be going out on loan for the last few weeks and there were a few clubs I had been speaking to, none of which were Wimbledon. I was about to sign for another club earlier in the week, but then Simon Bassey rang me up on Monday and said do not sign for anyone because we want you here. As soon as I heard that I wanted it to happen and I am glad to be back here.”

Terry Brown said: “He is a fantastic asset for us and we never wanted to lose Steven at the start of our first league campaign. He has done okay at Bournemouth, but they have got an influx of money to boost their squad and we had an opportunity to sign him. He had interest from a couple of other good League 2 clubs so I am delighted to have got him on board. Steven wanted to come back here as he missed it here and I am sure we have missed him too. He is experienced, he can strike the ball with either foot and is 6ft-plus. He give us that experience that we have been lacking. I think our young players have been phenomenal and I have been so pleased with their performances. However, it is not realistic to ask Huw Johnson, Frankie Merrifield and Jim Fenlon to play 90 minutes regularly alongside players who are lacking a bit of confidence.”

The full video interview with Steven can be viewed on Dons Player.

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