Tenacious right-back returns for Newport
Captain Barry Fuller said that missing his first game of 2015/16 was very frustrating and he’s determined to play a part in taking the club forward.
The 31-year-old right-back’s immediate concern is helping the Dons get back on track at Newport County tomorrow after suspension, but the potential prospect of running out at Plough Lane in future is something he would love to experience.
Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Fuller said: “It was very frustrating for me to watch (against Stevenage). I hate missing any game and it was a horrible match to watch with the conditions and the way it went. It was one of those games and I think a 1-1 draw would have been a fair result, but that’s football. We have to put it behind us and be ready to go again.
“It was a difficult weekend with last week’s result, but we have prepared right this week and hopefully we can get three points to go into the Christmas period on a high. We know it’s going to be tough as John Sheridan has revamped them.
“We’ve watched a few videos of them and they like to play, John’s teams always want to play football. We will have our own game plan though and we believe if we stick to it that we can get three points. We have James Shea and Andy Barcham back now after injury and that refreshes the squad. The manager has a few more options now.”
Since joining the Dons in 2013, Fuller has been virtually an ever-present and passed the 100 appearance mark for the club some time ago. The experienced defender, who previously captained Gillingham to promotion, hopes to still be going strong by time AFC Wimbledon move to Plough Lane.
“I was delighted (to hear the news) because we know how much it means to the club and the fans,” Fuller added. “I would be over the moon to play in that stadium for the club. It is great because it shows how much the club has progressed and where it wants to go. Everyone at the club on the playing and staff side are looking forward to that. We are helping to build the club up to where it wants to be for when we are at the new stadium.”
The full interview with Barry Fuller and Neal Ardley’s extensive update are on Dons Player.