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Jon motivated by challenge of next 10 and helping club to progress

Interview with left-back who has made over 100 appearances for the club

12 January 2018

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By Rob Cornell

Left-back Jon Meades is motivated by the club's plans for the future and remains committed to achieving his ambitions with AFC Wimbledon.

"It's an exciting time at the club," said Jon, in an interview to our premium iFollow Dons subscription channel, which can be viewed via the link above.

"I think the club is really progressing with the new stadium and also other things are improving, like the youth system. As a player, you want to be involved in that because I can really see this club progressing and I'm quite ambitious, so I'd like to be here for that."

The Welsh defender is nearing his best again and the kind of form that established him as a firm favourite with Dons fans, having recovered from a troublesome knee injury.

"I had a frustrating start to the season, as I had my operation at the end of last season and then had to come back into the squad. It's taken me a bit of a while to get going, but I'm nearing full fitness now and I really just want to keep progressing, keep building on my performances, and getting more confident.

"Callum (Kennedy) has done really well when he's come in and that drives me on. It's healthy competition – like we've got throughout the squad, to be fair – that's why a lot of the boys are on their toes, so it's really positive going into the back end of the season."

To view a clip of Jon's interview on our official You Tube channel, click on the link below.

Following last Sunday's creditable display in the FA Cup third round defeat to Tottenham, the focus for the Dons squad is now very much on hitting targets set out by the management for the rest of the League One season – starting at Milton Keynes tomorrow.

"We'll keep the target in-house, between the players and staff," said Jon. "We know exactly what we've got to do. We've broken it down into a few sets of games. We've got targets and we'll do everything we can to reach them.

"I think they are definitely achievable, especially with the talent we've got in the squad, it's just making sure we put that into Saturdays and Tuesday nights, when we have games.

"For us, it is three vital points that we need. We're going to approach it very similar to like we do other games. We'll do our match prep and go there full of confidence.

"I think there's probably a little bit too much football to be played to call it a six-pointer. I think we're just over halfway through the season, so there is a lot still to go. We've had a meeting and there are 21 games to go and we've got a points target we want to get to. We want to pick up as many points as we can now, especially the next 10 games.

"We do want to really give a good account of ourselves. We want to make sure we're at it, on and off the ball, and that we put in a good performance for the fans and hopefully get a positive result."

Wimbledon go into this weekend's game following some solid defensive work at Wembley, against Premier League opposition, including some of the top players in European and world football at present.

"To be up against Harry Kane and Erik Lamela and to test yourself, see where you are, and the areas you need to improve on, was really good. A lot of the boys enjoyed it.

"I feel we can benefit from that type of defensive work-out. For 60 minutes, we definitely showed we can keep teams like that out. You are not going to come up against that quality in League One. To do it for 60 minutes that well against Tottenham shows a lot of positive signs, especially if we can bring that into our league form."

The full interview with Jon Meades and the pre-match thoughts of manager Neal Ardley are available on our iFollow Dons channel.

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