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Weston cleared to play

7 August 2013

Defender given green light to feature against Wycombe

to play for the Dons.Rhys WestonAFC Wimbledon can confirm that international clearance has finally been received for

Though the Kingston-born defender signed a contract last Thursday, Weston was ineligible to feature in the matches at Torquay United and Millwall until approval was received from the Malaysian FA.

That was due to Weston’s spell with Far East club Sabah FA, but confirmation has this afternoon been received by Wimbledon – and the player himself cannot wait to get started.

Weston, who has played over 300 Football League matches with clubs including Cardiff City and Walsall, revealed that he could have signed for Wimbledon over 20 years ago.

, Weston said: “You could say that my first association with the club was when I was nine or 10 years of age. I was playing for Elmbridge Schools and Wimbledon scouts were watching me, but Arsenal came in and poached me when I was a little bit older. My first ever game was Wimbledon against Spurs at Plough Lane. Being from the local area, I have always been aware of Wimbledon’s heritage.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on

“The Wimbledon story is a great one and stems from passion and people not wanting to give up their heritage. The club did great to get into the Football League in nine years, but it still feels like the beginning; we did fantastic to stay up against the odds last season and now we have to build on that. I think there is plenty more to come at the club and I am privileged to be a part of it now.”

recently praised Weston’s desire to earn a contract with his dedication to the cause during pre-season and Weston is delighted to have played his way into contention.Neal Ardley

“It was a really hard pre-season, but an enjoyable one too,” added Weston. “I have felt a part of the group since I first came through the door. No one escapes the banter and it has been enjoyable to come back into an environment like this after being out of English football for three years. I am really pleased that this is done now. I think we have a good mix of youth and experience at Wimbledon now and the future is bright.”

Dons Player subscribers can watch a full video interview with Rhys Weston and we also feature the thoughts of Luke Moore on our premium site after his goal against Millwall.

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