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Neal sets challenge for Jake

21 February 2014

New signing urged to grasp his opportunity

Neal Ardley has challenged new signing Jake Nicholson to force his way into the AFC Wimbledon squad.

Since leaving Tottenham Hotspur last summer, the 21-year-old midfielder (pictured above playing for Spurs Under-21s) had a spell north of the border with Greenock Morton and the Dons had to gain international clearance from the Scottish FA to sign Nicholson.

And Neal says that the player has to grasp his opportunity back in English football with both hands.

“I contacted a few people at Spurs about Jake and they spoke really highly of him,” Neal told Dons Player. “He had a few bad injury problems, but he’s over those now. Jake has been with us for a month and he was exceptional in the three Under-21s games that we watched him in. I watched him on Tuesday against Oxford and I came away thinking what a good player he could be.

“Jake’s challenge is to try and force his way into our squad. Michael Collins is obviously a more established player, but we also have one eye on the future with Jake. If Jake does really well for us, then he might be a prospect that we want to keep hold of.”

 Dons Player subscribers can watch the full seven-minute interview with Neal Ardley on our premium site and a first Wimbledon interview with our other new signing Michael Collins.

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