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Dan relishes new structure

5 September 2013

Youngster says he's learning a lot from Shaun North

.Shaun North says he is learning a great deal from the club’s new development structure led by Dan PearseWimbledon Under-18s captain

, but he believes the club’s decision to bring in North as Under-21s Development Coach and introduce regular fixtures will give him a better chance of progressing towards the first-team.Mark RobinsonDan has progressed through Wimbledon’s youth ranks under the guidance of Academy Manager

, Dan said: “It is a different challenge for me now because the tempo of these matches is faster. I have to try and get on the ball and move it on quicker. My goal now is to try and push on by playing more games for the Under-21s so that I can impress the right people. It is great for us because Mark brought us through and now Shaun is showing us another way of playing and I am learning a lot. Shaun is taking us onto the next step and teaching us how to win games.Dons PlayerSpeaking to Rob Cornell on

in a previous game. He has so much experience in the game and played for Arsenal when he was a youngster. Players such as Rhys ease your nerves in the changing room and can talk you through your game.”Rhys Weston“I am really enjoying it and it is a good experience for me. Having the first-team management watching puts us under a little bit of pressure because you want to impress, but it is great that they are coming along to watch. It was great for us to play alongside

was an interested spectator at Tuesday’s development match against the Bailey Academy, which came after previous wins against Portsmouth and Swindon.Neil CoxFirst-team assistant manager

“This structure is good for the football club moving forward and hopefully we can get players coming through to the first-team,” Neil said. “Shaun is doing a great job with the young boys so far. All of the backroom staff at the club have their own say and Shaun has brought in some great ideas since he joined.”

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