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Neal hails January signings

31 January 2014

Wimbledon manager believes he's brought in real quality

Neal Ardley concluded that he’s happy with AFC Wimbledon’s transfer business during January after making four signings during the window.

 after bringing in Aaron Morris, Darren Jones and Danny Hylton during the last four dealThe Dons earlier today extended Charlie Wyke’s 

That has softened the blow for Neal of losing players earlier this month with Michael Smith and George Porter having departed and Peter Sweeney and Andy Frampton joining the long-term injury list.

Neal Ardley said: “We are light in terms of numbers because we have lost six players (Charlie Strutton is also out injured and Rhys Weston is on loan at Sutton) since the start of the season and replaced them with four. But if you look at the signings we have made then they are all quality. Charlie Wyke has done really well and Danny is proven at this level – I’m sure he will get stronger for us. We also know that Darren Jones and Aaron Morris are two very strong signings. We know what they can do and they will get better.

“We have four good centre-forwards now and Luke Moore too, who can play in between the forwards and the midfield. We have more options and that is pleasing. We still feel that midfield is an area where we are a bit light, but we have Aaron Morris who can play there.”

Although the 21-year-old striker has yet to add to his debut goal at Wycombe, the on-loan Middlesbrough man has made a notable contribution with his all-round play and set-up Luke Moore’s equaliser against Exeter City. That has certainly been the case with Charlie Wyke.

“We knew that Charlie would not be as fit and sharp as he needed to be when he first came to us because the Under-21s have a break for Christmas,” added Neal Ardley. “He needed to get back into the swing of things and back into playing league football. We knew that Charlie would improve upon the first few weeks and he will improve again. He can play in different roles and not just as an out-and-out striker because he’s done that with Middlesbrough.”

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