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Neal: Jim has a big future

30 August 2013

Dons boss rates full-back very highly

will play a big part this season for Wimbledon and he believes that the young full-back has a bright future ahead of him.Jim Fenlonsays that Neal Ardley 

Though the 19-year-old has yet to feature this season after making 22 first-team appearances during the last campaign, Neal Ardley has reassured Fenlon that he is a part of his plans.

, Neal said: “We have got new players in and we have been trying to keep a steady back four so that the players can get to know each other’s games. I thought that Jim did really well in pre-season after the last campaign when I think too much was asked of him. The back problems he had from January onwards were perhaps because too much was asked of him in a poor team up until that point.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

“I have no doubt that Jim will be a very good player and he may be an asset that the club will end up selling in the future. Hopefully, that day will be a little while away yet. Jim just needs to focus on the professional side of things off the pitch and learn to live this life for 15-20 years. He needs to do everything to be the best, but once he gets that mentality then Jim has frightening ability. He will be a big part of things this season and will play a lot of games for us.”

Neal Ardley’s full seven-minute interview appeared yesterday on Dons Player and our premium site today features Michael Smith on his time at AFC Wimbledon so far.

 .Manager’s updateIf you missed the thoughts of Neal Ardley on tomorrow’s Fleetwood match, please click on 

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