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Tyrone: I am a target man

3 August 2016

Striker aims to help the Dons adapt to life in a new division

Tyrone Barnett is excited by the challenge of helping AFC Wimbledon punch above their weight in League One and he believes his style of play can cause defences problems.

During an interview shortly after signing, Tyrone described what kind of player Wimbledon supporters are likely to be watching next season.

“I would describe myself as a target man,” said the experienced striker. “I can hold-up the ball, but I’m also quite athletic so I can turn defences. I can bring other players into the game and get on the end of crosses or nice pieces of play. I’m mainly a target man, but an athletic target man!”

  to view a clip of Tyrone’s interview with Rob Cornell for Dons Player.You TubeClick on 

As a player with plenty of League One experience, Tyrone believes that AFC Wimbledon should not fear anyone and he believes his new team-mates can thrive on the pressure.

“I think it is a very competitive league,” added Tyrone. “But with the squad we have here and the way that the manager operates, we can be very competitive in this league. It will be very tight, just the same as last season. If you go on a run of winning three games you could be right in the mix at the top end – that is how close it will be.

"There are lads here I've played against over the years and I've always had a good crack with them on the pitch so hopefully we can get a good friendship going. I was at Oxford with Jon Meades and Ryan Clarke so there are a familiar faces here too.

“There are big teams coming up from League 2 and big clubs coming down from the Championship so it will be competitive. I think that any footballer will grasp that with both hands and enjoy the competitiveness.

“The manager excites me, but when I delved deeper to find out more about the club I realised that the fans will play a big part. When it comes down to big games or big parts of the season it will come down to that backing from fans. Hopefully, that can turn into a positive.”

The full interview with Tyrone Barnett is now on Dons Player, along with Neal Ardley’s thoughts on completing the signing.

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