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Quartet commit to the Dons

31 May 2016

Great news confirmed after promotion

We are delighted to announce that key players Barry Fuller, George Francomb and Dannie Bulman have all signed new contracts at AFC Wimbledon.

And in a further boost to Neal Ardley’s squad building for League 1 next season, Darius Charles has also committed his future to the club after the end of his successful loan spell from Burton Albion.

Speaking first about retaining the services of Fuller and Francomb, Neal Ardley said: “Barry does nothing wrong and he gives 100 per cent every game. He is a leader and that’s why he’s captain, but he is also fit and strong. Barry influences people around the training ground and we’ve worked hard to try and keep him at the club. He loves it here. Some people say that you can go stale at a football club, but that’s not going to happen with Barry.

“We’ve not seen the best of George yet. He is growing and getting better every season. His consistency in his performances is phenomenal. We are delighted to sign them both for the future because good players do not grow on trees.”

Dannie Bulman has earned reward for two impressive seasons with AFC Wimbledon by earning another contract at the age of 37.

It’s a tribute to Bulman’s consistency and commitment in the centre of the park, qualities that Neal Ardley believes will be invaluable in League 1.

“Dannie has been a key influence in our midfield now for two seasons, forming a good partnership with Jake Reeves,” added Neal. “Despite his advancing years, he continues to produce consistent performances and he is an example to other players.”

News of Charles’ decision to stay with Wimbledon will be welcomed by all Dons fans after his impressive loan spell concluded with promotion at Wembley yesterday.

The defender formed a rock-solid partnership with Paul Robinson and Neal Ardley believes there is even more to come from him.

“Darius has been immense," said Neal "Before extra-time at Accrington I did not need to do a team talk because Darius did it for me and this is a guy who just does not want to lose, that transmits to the rest of the team. I still don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. He has still had problems after suffering a broken leg last year, but if he’s only at 80 per cent I would love to see him at 100 per cent.”


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