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Elliott relishes Dons clash

3 February 2017

Fans' favourite full of Yorkshire grit ahead of Blades match

Leeds-born striker Tom Elliott is relishing getting back to Yorkshire for the Dons, as they return to Sky Bet League One action against Sheffield United tomorrow afternoon.

“It would have been a derby for me, as another Yorkshire team,” said the fans’ favourite with a smile on his face in an interview to Dons Player.

“Even though I don’t play for Leeds, I’m a Leeds boy. I’ll have that in the back of my mind as I’m just going to get out there and do it for the Wombles,” added Elliott.

The popular front man also backed strike-partner Lyle Taylor to come good against one of his former clubs too.

“He’ll be working for the team, but deep down he’ll want to score against them and have a little bit of a point to prove because I don’t think he had the happiest of times there. Everyone wants to score against their old club. He’s going to be working hard and doing his job – like he did against Millwall – and he was quality against Millwall and he got his goal so he’ll be looking for the same outcome on Saturday.”

Elliott is also excited by manager Neal Ardley’s deadline day addition of midfielder Tom Soares from Bury.

“I’ve played against him. He can play in many positions and centre midfield is his best position. He’s played at a high level and he knows what it’s all about. He’s a very strong and commanding boy and obviously the midfielders we’ve got are workmanlike and the real engine room and I think he’s going to add that to the group.”

“I think he’s going to be a big player for us, to be honest, and the fans will see what he can do over the coming weeks.”

Elliott shares a home with the Dons' Welsh left-back Jon Meades, currently ruled out due to his ankle, and he backed his team-mate to come back strong again.

“I live with Meado and we get on really well. He’s took it very well, because it’s an annoying injury because it’s not been really healing for him so he’s had to go and see a specialist, but he’s always kept a smile on his face.”

“He’s been supporting me and the boys and he’s going to see a specialist over the next couple of weeks and hopefully he’ll be alright. Sean Kelly has come in and done well, but Meado is a really good player. Even to have him back on the training pitch with a smile on his face, he’s been missed. He’s got that character where he won’t let it affect him and he’s going to come back flying.”

The full interview with Tom Elliott is now available to Dons Player subscribers.

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