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Wyke's Hartlepool incentive

28 January 2014

Striker on meeting his old club

Charlie Wyke is relishing the prospect of doing battle with old school friend Luke Williams if he’s given the nod to face Hartlepool United tonight.

Charlie (pictured), who had a six-month loan spell with Hartlepool United last season, came through the Middlesbrough Academy alongside Williams and actually lives in the same street as him!

“I went to the same school as Luke and he lives about 10 doors away from me,” said Charlie. “We grew up together playing for Middlesbrough so it would be exciting to play against him. Christian Burgess is also on loan from Middlesbrough and plays centre-back so that will be a good battle if I come up against him.

“All the lads at Hartlepool were excellent with me when I was there, but hopefully we can beat them and get a win tonight.”

The 21-year-old striker believes that he’s made great strides since joining Wimbledon on loan at the start of this month and he would love to stay longer with the Dons.

Speaking to Dons Player, Charlie added: “Wycombe was a dream start for me, but since then I’ve been disappointed not to score. I’ve created a couple though so I think it’s coming and I can score again in the next couple of games. The supporters have been excellent with me and you can tell that they love hard work so I just have to keep going.

“I’m getting stronger with every game now. I managed to get in a good position to create something out of nothing on Saturday and that’s something I was maybe not doing in the past. Hopefully, I can stay here until the end of the season and help the club push up the table.”

Hartlepool United are just one point below Wimbledon in League 2 after they beat York City on Saturday. Colin Cooper’s men beat the Dons 3-1 in October at Victoria Park after Wimbledon had levelled through a Harry Pell penalty. Click on Neal’s update if you missed the manager’s thoughts on the game yesterday on the official website.

Dons Player subscribers can watch the full video interview with Charlie Wyke on our premium site, along with the thoughts of Neal Ardley in the build-up to Hartlepool.

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