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Dons swoop for defender

7 August 2014

Experienced centre-back signs on loan

Neal Ardley has bolstered his defensive options just two days before Wimbledon’s opener against Shrewsbury with the loan signing of Gillingham defender Adam Barrett.

The Wimbledon manager revealed that he had to move quickly to bring in Barrett to fill the void left at centre-back after Andy Frampton broke his ankle last week.

We can confirm that 34-year-old Barrett, who captained Gillingham to the League 2 title in 2013, has today signed a loan deal until 4 October.

Barrett brings a wealth of experience to Wimbledon’s squad as he has made over 600 Football League appearances with clubs including Southend United, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient and Gillingham.

Neal Ardley said: “We had a devastating blow with Andy Frampton’s injury and we looked at various options, including bringing in a younger, athletic defender. But we felt that we still needed someone with similar qualities to Andy and the leadership that he brings. Adam understands the game and is a leader of men. He is a great talker too and is also a left footer the same as Andy. I'm sure Adam will do a great job for us.”

More on this signing will follow, including an interview with Adam Barrett, and extensive Dons Player interviews with Wimbledon’s new recruit and Neal Ardley.

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