Manager says further January additions are unlikely
Neal Ardley has declared his satisfaction with the squad he’s assembled and ruled out further signings before Monday’s transfer deadline.
A combination of getting business done early during January and the emergence of young players mean that the Wimbledon manager is unlikely to be pulling off beat-the-deadline signings - in stark contrast to two years ago.
However, Neal Ardley did reveal that one more addition may be brought in after the deadline during mid-February.
“We’ve done the business that we wanted to do so far,” said Neal. “Injuries permitting, we are comfortable with our squad. We’re very happy with the young players who are pushing and if we feel we can use them we will. I watched the Under-21s on Monday and their enthusiasm, work-rate and willingness to take on information was a really pleasing sign. It was a sign of what we’ve been trying to put in place for the last two years.
“We’ve seen recently that Will Nightingale, George Oakley and Tom Beere are players that we want to get into the first-team, among the very good players that we are signing.
“We do have an iron in the fire for mid-February. The player is not available at this precise moment, but he may be during February. That’s something we may look to do.”
Wimbledon take on Morecambe at the Globe Arena tomorrow and Neal Ardley is under no illusions it will be a tough match – the Dons have not won at the venue since October, 2011.
“Jim Bentley is one of the good guys in football, but his teams are always very difficult to beat,” added Neal. “They’re on a decent run. Even though Morecambe have not picked up that many points, they have not lost many. It’s never easy to go there.
“We will all know our roles and responsibilities and we’re looking forward to it. But we don’t want that long journey home without having got something.”
The Dons have this month signed Jake Reeves, Alfie Potter and David Connolly on a permanent basis with Deji Oshilaja and Craig Tanner both coming in on loan.
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