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Neal praises Lyle’s contribution after striker departs for Charlton

Manager wishes striker well for the future

27 June 2018

Neal Ardley has saluted Lyle Taylor's impact at AFC Wimbledon after his departure was today confirmed.

Following three successful seasons with Wimbledon, which included scoring a vital goal at Wembley to help the Dons to promotion, the 28-year-old striker has joined Charlton Athletic.

Lyle made 150 appearances and scored 55 goals for Wimbledon after arriving in the summer of 2015 from Scunthorpe United.

Neal Ardley said: "As a manager when you make signings you always hope that they will become heroes for the supporters and that certainly happened with Lyle. If he performs half as well for Charlton as he did here, they will have a very good player on their hands. He has played a pivotal part in the history of AFC Wimbledon and a big part in my time here. We all wish Lyle well for the future."

For those supporters that may have missed it on social media, Lyle posted the following message to his Instagram account about leaving AFC Wimbledon.

It's been the best three years of my career to date. There have been incredible highs, the play-off semi-final, the final, my first hat-trick against Rotherham, the comeback against Walsall, and the travelling band of LTB's at Wigan. There have also been incredible lows, missing the penalty against those who must not be named at home, and the way it ended, with me on a stretcher. I will always look back at this time of my life with the proudest smile and the fondest memories. The support I was given by every Womble out there was fantastic and I could never have asked for more. And the support from my team-mates, manager, and his staff was second to none. It's been a real honour to play for Wimbledon, to wear the shirt and to help in the latest chapter in this club's story. I wish everyone associated with the club the very best for the future. Thank you.

All at AFC Wimbledon thank Lyle for his contribution to the club and we wish him well in his future career.

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