Defender explains why he chose AFC Wimbledon
Adam Barrett has revealed that he turned down interest from other clubs to be a part of AFC Wimbledon’s “fantastic” story.
The vastly experienced defender is pictured left above with Andy Frampton after Gillingham drew 2-2 with Wimbledon in 2013 to win the League 2 title.
And Barrett told Dons Player that he can't wait to play in a Wimbledon shirt for the first time after joining on loan until 4 October.
“It all happened quite quickly,” said Barrett. “I spoke to Gillingham manager Peter Taylor the other day and I was told that he wanted to go in a different route, which was obviously disappointing. He has decided to go with younger players in his squad, but these things happen in football and I’m delighted to be here.I had other offers and interest in me from elsewhere, but this seemed to fit the bill.
"I know about the history of the club; the way that the fans have brought it back to the Football League is a fantastic story. I am good friends with Danny Kedwell and Steven Gregory and they played a part in the club’s rise. I also have a good friend who is a season ticket holder so he keeps me informed about what’s going on.
“I can remember when the club played at Selhurst Park and a long time ago at Plough Lane. It’s great to see the club moving forward again and for me to be here is a big opportunity. Andy Frampton is a friend of mine and I’m gutted about his injury.”
At the age of 34, Barrett feels he has plenty to offer Wimbledon after making over 600 appearances in the Football League, including captaining Gillingham to the League 2 title in 2013.
“I had a full pre-season at Gillingham and played almost 100 games in the last couple of seasons,” added Barrett. “I’ve had various promotions and won this league last year. There’s a lot I believe that I can help the squad with and hopefully we will have a good start. We have a tough start coming up, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m fit, feel strong and I cannot wait to get going. I’ve heard great things about the manager and the club has passionate supporters. I just want to be a part of it, even if it is for a short space of time.”
Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Adam Barrett on our premium channel and we will feature Callum Kennedy’s thoughts on his return later on.