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Sammy relishes competition

25 July 2013

Midfielder on Monza trip and battling for a place

believes that AFC Wimbledon’s trip to Monza will offer a perfect preparation for his side to hit the ground running come Saturday, 3 August.Sammy Moore

, the popular Dons midfielder talked about his previous tours away with other clubs, taking on Italian opposition, and competition for midfield places next season.Dons PlayerSpeaking during an interview for

is currently putting his players through their paces at a training camp in Italy ahead of Saturday’s match against AC Monza Brianza 1912. Sammy says he cannot wait for that challenge and he believes the whole experience of the tour will prove hugely beneficial for next season.Neal ArdleyOf course,

“I think when you go away the players get that extra focus,” said Sammy. “We will be training, eating and sleeping basically so there will not be much time away from the hotel. This training camp will be vital though because it will get us in the right frame of mind for the new season and everyone will get to know their jobs. It is different scenery for us from New Malden and we will be doing a lot of double training sessions. On Friday we have an open training session, which will be good for the fans to see what it’s all about. Obviously, the match against Monza follows on Saturday and then a week later it’s game-on.

“We are playing a different style now and I played in a similar sort of way when I was coming through at the Chelsea Academy; it is all about getting on the ball, moving it on quickly and taking up another angle. I think it is going really well so far. We don’t know too much about Monza, but as an Italian team we expect them to be good on the ball and it might be a good idea to see how they do things so that we can learn from them.”

having impressed during pre-season after returning from a lengthy spell out with a broken foot, Sammy is expecting a tough battle for midfield places next season.Peter SweeneyWith

. All three of us have to battle it out for the places. I am looking forward to next season – I think it will be a good one – because I think we can be pushing up towards the play-offs. Looking back I do not think I was as fit as I could have been last season, but I went away during the close season and made sure that I came back super-fit, sharp and ready for the new season. If I am not in the team at the start then I will have to work harder and make sure that I take my chance when I get it.”Harry Pell“Peter has played at a high level at Millwall and Stoke and his experience will be vital in there,” added Sammy. “I would like to play alongside him but so too would

  - Dons supporters out in Monza can watch Neal Ardley and the players in an open training session on Friday evening, starting at 5.30 pm local time. This will take place at the following address: The Monzello Training Ground, Via Ragazzi, del 99, 14 - Monza. Saturday’s match against AC Monza Brianza is a 6.30 pm kick-off local time.

- Dons Player subscribers can now watch the video interview with Sammy and we will also feature former Wimbledon player Ian Cooke on our premium site, over 37 years since he played in that Anglo-Italian Cup match against AC Monza Brianza 1912.

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