New Dons goalkeeper eager to make an impact
New signing Kelle Roos says he’s been inspired by past tales of goalkeeping success at Wimbledon from fellow Dutchman Hans Segers after working with him at PSV Eindhoven.
Twenty-three-year-old shot-stopper Roos arrived on loan from Derby County just before Monday’s transfer deadline and he spoke with plenty of confidence about the challenge ahead with Wimbledon.
During an interview for Dons Player, he said: “Derby have got faith in me and that’s why they sent me out on loan. They wanted me to get games and I feel that as well. I want to play a lot of games and be important to a team. I’m 23 now and I’ve been stuck around squads long enough. I was on the bench all last season and it was the right time for me to go out and get games.
“The main thing for me is to make an impact. I want to give the defence some stability so that they trust in me. I want the management, staff and fans to feel that they have a great goalkeeper. I want to play games, stay sharp and help us get into the play-offs.
“When I was at PSV in the academy Hans was my goalkeeping coach so I know him very well. I know all about the club from days gone by because Hans liked to talk about Wimbledon. He enjoyed it very much here and he was talking about it a lot.”
Roos has enjoyed his first few days at the club with goalkeeping coach Ashley Bayes – and he’s looking forward to being a part of the Dons squad at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
“I’ve only been here for a few days, but it’s been brilliant,” he added. “We get a lot of joy from the sessions that ‘Bayzo’ puts on, but they are also very serious at times too. He is very lively and a good character to have around the place. Everybody around here enjoys that.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday. I was on trial at Bristol City once and while I was there I watched a friendly between Bristol Rovers and Derby, which was ironic because at the time I did not know where I would end up. I know that Bristol Rovers get good crowds and I’ve heard that the travelling fans from Wimbledon are amazing.”
The full interview with Kelle Roos is now on Dons Player, along with an FA Youth Cup preview with Under-18s Reece Williams-Bowers and Jayden Antwi. A full update from Neal Ardley will also follow tomorrow.