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Dannie explains Dons move

11 June 2014

Midfielder on joining AFC Wimbledon

Dannie Bulman said that a glowing recommendation from Gary Alexander played a part in his decision to sign for AFC Wimbledon.

Experienced midfielder Dannie knew a fair bit about the club already having faced the Dons on several occasions during his time at Crawley Town and Oxford, but he sought a second opinion from Alexander, who helped AFC Wimbledon to that last-gasp 2012/13 survival during his loan spell.

Speaking to Rob Cornell during his first Dons Player interview after signing on the dotted line, Dannie said: “In January Neal tried to sign me and he thought that I may be able to come in for a few games, but Crawley did not want to let me go. I spoke to Gary and he had only good things to say about the club and the manager. I played at Wycombe Wanderers and they are a family club and that was something that appealed to me about coming here.

“There was a contract offer made to me by John (Gregory) and the staff at Crawley, but I felt it was time to move on. Once I spoke to Neal it reassured me that I wanted to come here and try and play some good football. It’s always nice when a man who played at the highest level wants you and that was a big thing for me. When players leave and new players come in, it’s just about getting everyone together as a squad, working hard on the training pitch, and having a smile on your face.”

Dannie is pictured above scoring in that match and our gallery of pictures shows him in action for Oxford against Wimbledon and playing against Manchester United and Spurs.Dannie has certainly been a thorn in Wimbledon’s side on several occasions in the past, most notably when he scored twice for Crawley at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in a 5-2 win in October, 2011.

As a vastly experienced midfielder, Dannie has certainly come across one or two of Wimbledon’s current squad in the past and he hopes that will help him settle in quickly.

“I’ve played before with Barry Fuller at Stevenage and I know what he can do,” added Dannie. “He’s a tenacious little fella and we had a few tussles on the training ground. He is a good character to have around the place. When you play against certain players you know that you’re in for a game and Sammy Moore always stood out for Wimbledon. I’m looking forward to hopefully forming a good combination in there with him.”

 The full interview with Dannie Bulman appeared on Dons Player yesterday, along with an in-depth update from Neal Ardley.


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