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Squad news: Jon to stay

2 June 2016

Left-back rewarded for his consistent performances

AFC Wimbledon have taken up the option on Jon Meades’ contract after his impressive first season back at the club.

The left-back made 41 league appearances before an ankle injury curtailed his season, but he returned as a substitute in Monday’s play-off final win at Wembley.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Meades said his AFC Wimbledon return had surpassed expectations with promotion glory having been achieved.

“At the start of the season I came here having not played many games at Oxford and I never even dreamed of this,” said Meades. “The club has come on in leaps and bounds since the day when we stayed up against Fleetwood in my first spell. The main difference is that the quality of player has improved and that’s down to the manager with his recruitment. The team spirit at this club is immense, it’s like a big family with the players and the staff. Everyone is in it together and that’s what has got us this far.”

In addition, the club has taken up the option on David Fitzpatrick’s contract. The 21-year-old winger’s displays for the development team earned him regular inclusion in first-team squads and he scored one goal in five appearances last season.

Ade Azeez has also been offered a new deal to extend his two-season stay at AFC Wimbledon.

An interview with Jon Meades and Tom Elliott is now on Dons Player.

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