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Versatility is key for Jon

22 January 2016

Left-back happy to revert to specialist position

Jon Meades believes he’s improving all the time as a left-back and there will no calls from him to play further forward after his prolific goalscoring form.

Being pushed up into midfield resulted in another goal for Meades against Mansfield, but he will be happy to revert to a more familiar position at Notts County tomorrow.

The 23-year-old spent a fair bit of his first spell with Wimbledon as a central midfielder, but it’s been a different story this time around with Meades selected regularly at left-back.

Despite scoring twice in his last two games, you will not find Meades banging the drum to play further forward as it’s the team that comes first for him.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, he said: “I’ve played at left-back for three or four years now. I know in my first spell here I played quite a few games as a central midfielder because there were a few injuries and the squad was quite small, but I am really enjoying left-back. I think I am getting better and better now with a run of games as the season progresses.

“On Saturday I filled in as a central midfielder and I thought I did well. I enjoyed playing there and it’s good to have that in my locker if it is needed again. We have a lot of competition in the squad and that’s really important. Players know that they are not at it then there is someone on the bench waiting to push you. I don’t know if Jake Reeves and George Francomb will be back on Saturday, but I think it will be a strong bench.”

Meades has featured in a match day squad at Meadow Lane in the past with Cardiff City and he is looking forward to playing at the Nottinghamshire venue on Saturday, particularly with the Dons in such good form.

“It’s a nice, big stadium and hopefully we can continue our good form there,” added Meades. “I know that they try and play football from our previous match against them, but they have a new manager now. I know one of the players Elliott Hewitt and he is a good defender. It should be a good game, but our confidence is high. All the boys are confident that we can go there and pick-up a good result.”

The full interview with Jon Meades is on Dons Player, along with interviews with Jake Reeves, Neal Ardley and new signing Connor Smith.


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