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Tom departs with high praise for Wimbledon

Striker praises management staff for guidance

13 June 2017

Tom Elliott has paid credit to AFC Wimbledon for helping him to develop as a player after leaving the club for a tilt at Championship football with Millwall.

The 26-year-old striker, who earned our Player of the Year award for 2016/17 after helping us to Wembley promotion glory in his first season, was full of praise for the guidance he received from Neal Ardley and his staff.

Speaking to the South London Press, Tom said: "When I signed for Wimbledon, Neal put his arm around me and guided me. Neil Cox, Simon Bassey and Alan Reeves were amazing with me. I can't thank them enough.

"They've got me to this point where I'm playing in the Championship for a big team like Millwall. They've made me grow up and become better as a football player.

"I want to also thank my team-mates at Wimbledon, we had a good group that's what got us promoted in to League One. They turned me into the player I am now."

As Neal Ardley said in his interview for the official website, the lure of playing Championship football was key to Tom making the move.

"I was honest with Neal and the club. I pretty much said if I got a chance to play in the Championship, I wanted to take it," added Tom. "I just wanted to wait until the end of the season and to see what the best option was for me to move forward and then take it from there. As a Wimbledon player I just kept playing my football and kept my head down and worked hard."