Wide-man back at club where he enjoyed plenty of success
Chris Whelpdale already feels well at home with AFC Wimbledon after settling in quickly, but the winger said he will always be grateful to old club Peterborough United for providing his big break.
Now aged 29, Whelpdale was plucked from non league Billericay Town nine years ago and plenty of success followed at Peterborough United.
channel, Whelpdale said: “There were a couple of clubs interested in me when I was playing at Billericay, but it was the ambition of Peterborough going forward that was attractive to me. I had a great time there and I was just glad that they gave me a chance after picking me up from non league.You TubeSpeaking during an interview which can be viewed on our official
“I have a lot of good memories from Peterborough. We had back-to-back promotions, but then unfortunately we got relegated. However, we went straight back up the following year. I had a lot of success there and it’s a club I always hold close to my heart.”
One of his team-mates during those successful times was current Peterborough boss Grant McCann and Whelpdale believes his leadership qualities will make him a success in the managerial game.
However, Whelpdale is now fully focused on helping AFC Wimbledon push on again after promotion last season and he felt that aspects of Saturday’s performance in defeat at Walsall offered encouragement.
“I think we can take a lot of positives from the weekend,” added Whelpdale. “I don’t think the scoreline really reflected how the game went. We had a few lapses in concentration from set-pieces and they really cost us, but there were a lot of positives we can take from the game. Hopefully, we can take that into our next couple of games.”
Having played with captain Barry Fuller before during their time together with Gillingham, Whelpdale believes he can link-up well on the right side for Wimbledon.
“I played a bit at Gillingham with Barry and I know his game quite well,” added Whelpdale. “It’s always good to know that he is there to back me up. You can always rely on him to do a great job.”
Interviews ahead of Peterborough with Neil Cox and Chris Whelpdale are on Dons Player.
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