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Neal has high hopes for Jim

19 April 2013

Young full-back will be a big asset says Neal

has a bright future ahead of him at AFC Wimbledon.Jim Fenlonbelieves that Neal Ardley 

and Neal believes Jim, who came through Wimbledon's College Academy programme, will be a big asset next season.Mike RaynerThe 19-year-old’s promising season was curtailed by a back injury and he has not featured since February in the first-team. However, the full-back (pictured above) has stepped up his recuperation this week by completing running drills with club physio

, Neal said: “Jim has had a fantastic season for someone so young. It was unfortunate that he suffered a prolapsed disc in his back because we could really have done with him during the run-in. Jim is going to have a very bright future at this club going forward and he will be a major player next season for us.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“It is important with players of such a young age that we do things right and unfortunately that has meant that he has missed the games. It is great that he is stepping up his training and he can continue that in the summer ready for next season.”

progress after he suffered a metatarsal injury eight weeks ago.Peter Sweeney’sNeal Ardley has also been encouraged by midfielder

 “Peter is back running now and hopefully he will have no reaction to his foot injury,” Neal added. “Hopefully, he will have no reaction and it gives him the summer to make sure he comes back in really good shape for next season. Let us hope that the players out there now make sure that they come back into a League 2 team.” 

Academy trialsIf you're a young footballer with potential and looking for a new challenge after leaving school, then you can take part in trials for Wimbledon's College Academy scheme. For more details, please see our earlier article on the official website by clicking on 

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