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Bennett named as captain

31 July 2013

New skipper for AFC Wimbledon

has been rewarded for his influential displays since joining AFC Wimbledon by being named as the new captain for season 2013/14.Alan Bennett 

has been announced as vice-captain after impressing during pre-season.Barry Fuller that the defender’s pivotal contribution since joining Wimbledon on 1 February and his leadership skills were the key reasons for his selection. Dons PlayerManager Neal Ardley told

Neal said: “We had a chat among the staff because we felt there were three or four candidates who stood out because they had captained previous clubs. However, we decided that the man who helped us through those tough times last season deserved it and that is Alan Bennett – he is a leader of men. When I looked around at our squad and how players respond to others, it is clear that everyone loves and respects Alan.

. We want those lads to continue doing what they do around the place. League 2 is not an easy league and you are going to face adversity during the season; we will need these characters to help us through.”Jack Midson and Andy Frampton, Charlie Sheringham“Barry Fuller will be vice-captain and we also have big characters in the squad such as

Bennett, who is a vastly experienced full Irish international, has previously led Brentford to the League 2 title as captain and was also skipper during his spell at Cheltenham Town.

The 31-year-old played in every League 2 match after making his debut at Port Vale last season in February and Bennett went onto make 18 appearances to help the Dons avoid relegation.

Dons Player subscribers can watch an exclusive video interview with Neal Ardley about his decision to appoint Alan Bennett as his new captain.

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