Winger on staying at the club for another season
George Francomb believes that AFC Wimbledon has made great strides as a club since he first joined almost three years ago – and the winger is delighted to extend his stay.
during Neal Ardley’s end of season squad update last month that the club had taken up the option on Francomb’s contract and that means he is likely to reach 100 competitive matches for AFC Wimbledon shortly into next season.revealedIt was
Currently having amassed 96 appearances, it is a prospect that makes Francomb proud, the 23-year-old having first joined Wimbledon on loan in August, 2012.
“This will be my third full season coming up, but I was here for a few months on loan too and I have really enjoyed it,” said Francomb. “In the time I have been here the club has been transformed on and off the pitch. When I first came here the academy was nowhere near as strong as it is now. We are now getting the benefit of the time that has been put into that. Last season the manager put young lads into the squad and they are only going to get better. The club is also looking to get back to Plough Lane. It shows that the club is not looking to just stick around in League 2.
“From a personal perspective last season was much better for me than the season before. I was an ever-present, apart from when I was injured. It was an enjoyable season, but it was just a shame that it ended a little bit flat. That made it look like an average season after a lot of high points. Next season we want to make sure that we are strong right until the end for the fans. I am sure the manager will get it right with the signings he brings in.
“The supporters are brilliant here week in and week out. Our stadium is only small compared to other clubs, but it is full most weeks and there is a great atmosphere. The fans have been brilliant since I have been here.”
Francomb can’t wait for pre-season to begin as he has simply missed playing football – and the former Norwich wide-man has kept himself ticking over.
“Jason Moriarty e-mails all the players with their individual programmes once the season has finished,” Francomb added. “After the season ends there is a bit of down-time when you can relax a bit after a long season. I started getting my legs moving again last week by doing cardiovascular work. When the season is over it feels like you need the summer to get over it, but a few weeks later you miss it. I am looking forward to getting back as you just want to be playing football again.”