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Dons swoop to complete loan deal for Rotherham full-back

Summer signing number eight is sealed

1 August 2018

AFC Wimbledon have moved quickly to bring in a new left-back with the loan signing of Ben Purrington from Championship club Rotherham.

The 22-year-old, who was in the Plymouth squad beaten by Wimbledon in the 2016 Play-Off Final, has signed on a season-long loan deal and he is a player that our management team had tracked for some time.

Speaking to our iFollow channel shortly after the deal was completed, Neil Cox said: "Ben is a strong left-back who can get forward and he is a good defender. He is going to be a really good asset for us. He is someone we had tracked for a long time, but we had not managed to get it over the line. They did not want to let him go, but all of a sudden we found out that he was available. When he became available we jumped at the chance to bring him to the club.

"We've been very impressed by Ben (in games against Wimbledon) and that's why we kept an eye on him. The manager and Bass have worked very hard to bring him here. He is a young player who wants to learn and develop. He has come to the right place to play his football."

Exeter-born Ben progressed through Plymouth Argyle's academy and made his first-team debut as a 17-year-old. He went onto make 86 appearances in all competitions for Plymouth, but Rotherham signed him for a fee halfway through the Devon club's 2016/17 League Two promotion-winning season. Ben has since made 22 appearances for Rotherham, helping the Millers to promotion back to the Championship and he was an unused substitute in the Play-Off Final against Shrewsbury.

Ben will wear the number three shirt for AFC Wimbledon.

Look out shortly on our iFollow channel for a first Wimbledon interview with Ben, plus more from Neil Cox on his signing.


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