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Neal sticks to summer plan

9 June 2015

An update from Neal Ardley

Neal Ardley has said that the right players for AFC Wimbledon may not become available until later in the transfer window and he is prepared to wait in his pursuit of key targets.

The Dons had only signed one new player at this stage last summer and Neal’s plans for next season got off to a great start when we announced that Bayo Akinfenwa had signed a new contract.

Speaking during an interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player, Neal said: “I have been given a good budget this season and the club has worked hard to give it to me. I am therefore not going to pay over the odds and throw it away needlessly. It is something that the club cannot afford to do. Sometimes we may lose out because we are unwilling to go to the extremes that other clubs are prepared to. There are some clubs throwing silly money around.

“We have thought long and hard about it. We had a couple of big meetings at the end of last season to really nail down what we wanted and we are trying to stick to that as much as we can. Maybe some of the players that really fit the bill aren’t available on free transfers and they’re at other clubs. Although you’re in dialogue with a club and you think there might be half a chance, you’ve still got to wait for them to bring in a few players before they start thinking something can be done.”

Neal added that he had been constantly talking to potential targets with the aim of announcing new signings later this month.

“I can assure you that in the three weeks before I went away on holiday I was very busy,” Neal said. “I’ve got more meetings planned, second meetings, third meetings, but sometimes agents play games. We’ve got a few in mind and we’re hopeful that over the next two or three weeks that a few will be coming through the door.

“Players talk to players and you have to sell your methods. You have to make a fuss of them and when they come in that door, first impressions last and you want someone going away impressed.”

The full interview with Neal Ardley featured on Dons Player yesterday, along with a 10-minute interview with Bayo Akinfenwa.

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