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Neal pleased with firepower

30 July 2013

Dons boss on landing key targets

was in upbeat mood about Wimbledon’s summer transfer business after putting the finishing touches to his strikeforce today.Neal Ardley 

joining in with his new team-mates after signing on loan from Charlton Athletic.Michael SmithThe Dons held their first training session back at New Malden after returning from a pre-season tour to Monza with towering forward

And Neal Ardley was understandably delighted about adding another one of his major targets just four days before Wimbledon’s League 2 season gets underway at Torquay United.

because he is someone who can attack crosses. Michael, Jack and Charlie Sheringham are all six foot-plus and now we have added a physical edge to our forward line.Michael Smith reminds me of his Dad more and more by the day; he is bright, clever and he links the play well. Now we have also added that bit of strength with Charlie Sheringham is still a project, but we knew that when we took him on and he needs to improve in certain areas. Charlie Strutton will get us goals; his record speaks for itself. Jack Midson has played very well as a number 10 during pre-season and we know that Luke Moore, Neal Ardley said: “Dons PlayerSpeaking to

said the other day that if you look at the list of about 10 targets that we drew up in May we have signed eight or nine of them. I know we have missed out on a few, but we are delighted with the signings made.”Simon Bassey

Neal Ardley added that Wimbledon’s pre-season tour to Monza had really pushed his players on in terms of preparation for the new season.

for all his efforts because he worked so hard on it,” said Neal. “We were looked after unbelievably well and training was great. I felt drained at the end of it and I was just planning the training sessions. It was a tough week and the players completed double sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Perhaps that left its mark in the game on Saturday (3-0 defeat), but we had a chat with the players on Sunday so that we could put that to bed. There were a lot of positive things that we can take from the tour. Considering we had only had about two or three sessions working on defending in the build-up to that game it gives us something to work on this week.”Ivor Heller“It was a great tour and I must thank

Dons Player subscribers can watch a full seven-minute video interview with Neal Ardley on our premium site and also the thoughts of Michael Smith on becoming a Wimbledon player.

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