Wimbledon boss on transfer progress
Neal Ardley admitted Wimbledon had to act quickly in the transfer market to make Chris Hussey’s return a reality.
Hussey, who became a favourite with the Dons faithful after helping Wimbledon win the Conference South title in 2009, was only released by Coventry City yesterday.
However, by this morning he was a Wimbledon player and Neal Ardley saluted the influence of first-team coach Simon Bassey, who was reserve team manager when Hussey first joined the club in 2007.
Speaking to Dons Player, the Wimbledon manager said: “Simon has been brilliant in helping to bring Chris here. There would have been a lot of interest in him, but we have managed to add another quality player to the squad. Chris has a fantastic left foot and I know Richard Shaw (former Coventry manager) quite well and he spoke highly of him. Chris really cares for the club and he is going to be a big asset for us. If we can add three of four quality players that will give the place a big lift and hopefully the results will follow.”
Hussey’s capture means the Dons have this week acquired two players with League 1 experience after the signing of Peter Sweeney, but Neal Ardley says the hard work will continue behind the scenes.
“I am really pleased that the players we are targeting have that bit of steel and experience,” he added. “We have a list of players and it is not always easy to get them. However, I can assure supporters that we are working really hard behind the scenes to bring players in who will make a difference. Sometimes you have to be patient. Clubs have to bring players in before they can move them on, but if the opportunity comes you have to move quickly. You have to sell the club to the player because we are currently near the bottom of League 2. It is not easy but we have made good progress this week.”
Dons Player subscribers can view the full video interview with Neal Ardley later this afternoon, along with the thoughts of Simon Bassey on being reunited with Chris.