Full interview with new Dons striker
Gary Alexander says he is determined to prove that he can still score goals in the Football League after making a loan switch from Crawley Town.
Speaking to Dons Player after his first training session with Wimbledon, the experienced striker, who has scored almost 150 Football League goals, also revealed that he was rejected by Wimbledon FC as a youngster. Two decades later after spells at clubs including Brentford, Millwall and Crawley, Gary is finally a Wimbledon player – and he is relishing the chance of reigniting his career.
Here’s the full interview with Gary Alexander, which appeared on Dons Player this afternoon.
It’s a warm welcome to Wimbledon for Gary Alexander. If you can sum up for us please how this on-off transfer finally happened?
I had a phone call saying that Wimbledon were interested earlier in the week, but it had to be right for me and my family. I did not quite reach an agreement with Crawley so it is a loan until the end of the season and we will see where we go after that.
Is it a relief to finally get the transfer completed?
It is a new challenge for me as things had not worked out as well as I would have liked this season at Crawley. It is a fresh start and I am hungry to come here and help Wimbledon stay in League 2.
The move means you have gone from a club playing in the upper echelons of League 1 to a team at the bottom of League 2. Did Neal Ardley have to sell the club a lot to you?
I have spoken to a few of the lads and they told me what a good coach Neal Ardley is. Wimbledon has a fantastic history and it is great to be here. I think we can work hard and avoid relegation.
After a successful career that has involved almost 150 goals, I guess you will be determined to start hitting the back of the net again?
Definitely as there is no better feeling than scoring a goal. I have not scored as many as I would have liked this season. I scored 21 goals in 2011/12 and on the back of that I wanted to kick on this season. But it has not happened for me this season. Hopefully I can now turn it around during the rest of this campaign and end up with double figures.
It all started so well for you at Crawley with promotion and then being named as skipper. What went wrong for you in the end?
I have played in every game, but scoring goals is what you are paid to do. Crawley have made a few changes, but that’s football and I expected that. This is a great opportunity though and hopefully I can prove them wrong.
Is it correct that you were with Wimbledon FC as a kid?
Yes I was with Wimbledon when I was 11 or 12, but I got let go from there. We were training at Roehampton then. Now, 21 years later I am a Wimbledon player. My friend reminded me of that just last night.
You have played against Wimbledon previously and scored for Crawley against the Dons last season. What did you make of the club then?
man and help us to stay up.thThe club has great support. I watched the Milton Keynes FA Cup game and the support the fans showed was unbelievable. Hopefully, they can continue to be our 12
Having played with Pim Balkestein before and the manager Neal Ardley, I guess it won’t take you long to get settled in?
I know a few of the lads in the dressing room. I could hear Pim’s voice even before I got here I think! I played with ‘Ards’ at Millwall too. I trained with the lads this morning and I am raring to go for tomorrow.
Wimbledon may be unbeaten in 2013, but the club is still bottom of the league. How can the team get out of it?
You cannot rest on your laurels, especially when you are bottom of the league. We need to push on and get up the table as soon as possible.
You have had a long and successful career, but most people seem to remember you for that brilliant goal which you scored for Millwall against Scunthorpe in the 2009 League 1 play-off final. Was that your career highlight?
We lost that game and I want to win every game that I play so that was not a career highlight. I have had a few good promotions so they are the highlights of my career. The goal at Wembley was one that a lot of people remember me for, but it is not a great memory for me because we got beat.
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