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Neal swoops for defender

2 September 2016

Manager brings in towering centre-back

Neal Ardley has today bolstered his defensive options by bringing in experienced centre-back Chris Robertson.

The 29-year-old, who left Scottish Premier League club Ross County on Wednesday, has signed subject to international clearance, and he will not be eligible for tomorrow’s match against Chesterfield.

Chris started his career with Sheffield United, but he made his name by helping Torquay United to promotion into the Football League and he has since had spells at Preston North End and Port Vale, before heading north of the border.

Speaking during an interview for Dons Player, Neal said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’ve been looking for a defender and with loan players their clubs wanted them to play. We could not guarantee that and Chris is willing to come in and fight for his place. He has got great pedigree and great experience under his belt. We’ve also spoken to a few people who have worked with him and been told that his attitude is first class. We are delighted with the signing.

“A lot of work goes into these signings. Neil Cox has worked really hard on the deal by speaking with agents to get it over the line. We are not looking to put Chris into the squad for tomorrow’s game. We wanted to get it over the line and then get him into training for a week.”

Chris, a 6 ft 3 inch defender who can play centre-back or right-back, was born in Scotland, but moved to Nottingham when he was just two years of age. Chris is looking forward to the challenge of helping AFC Wimbledon climb the table and he believes he still has plenty to offer at the age of 29.

“As a defender you want to help the team get clean sheets and win games,” said Chris. “It might not be pretty all the time, but the priority is to get results. If we can get points on the board by playing ugly and being organised we will be on for a good season. The platform is for us to be as solid as we can and hopefully get the club up the table.

“I’ve had experience of League One before with Preston and Port Vale and I know what the league is about. I know what we have to do and hopefully I can help get results for the team, the manager and the fans.”

  , along with an interview with Neal Ardley.Dons PlayerThe full interview with Chris Robertson is now on  

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