Second part of interview with new striker
Bayo Akinfenwa says he’s been rejuvenated by his move to AFC Wimbledon and the experienced striker is determined to play a part in building a “winning mentality” at the club.
Speaking to Dons Player, Bayo (picture above by Paul Willatts), talked in glowing terms about Neal Ardley’s training methods and spoke passionately about his commitment to the ‘project’ of moving the Dons forward.
“So far the manager has been top drawer and everything that I thought he would be prior to me signing,” said Bayo. “He works us really hard, but intelligently hard. I’ve been in the game for a while, but I would say that this pre-season is up there as one of the hardest for me. But it’s also been one of the most enjoyable pre-seasons too. That’s good and long may it continue. It’s going to be a long, tough season ahead, but I’m looking forward to it.
“I would say that I’ve always been one of those players who prefers playing games to training. Though pre-season is all about fitness, every game is important because we are trying to build a mentality of getting a result every time we go onto the pitch. But at the same time if we don’t get the desired results in pre-season games, then we have to take the positives. Everything is geared to the first competitive game against Shrewsbury and bring on the season.”
Of course, the Dons host Premier League Chelsea this Saturday and though Bayo is looking forward to this match, he’s also looking at the bigger picture.
“You always want to test yourselves against higher level opposition,” added Bayo. “But it’s another game of trying to implement the way that the manager wants us to play. There are a lot of new faces here and you can sense the anticipation and excitement. Due to all the players that have been brought in we are still getting to know each other, but we will get better with each training session and every game.
“There are no ‘big time Charlie’s’ here and everyone just wants to play and enjoy their football. We are all striving for one common goal. There are quite a few experienced players that have come in and that certainly helps. We’re hoping that we get this project right when the season starts.”
The full interview with Bayo Akinfenwa appeared on Dons Player yesterday.