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Neal swoops to sign former Charlton winger

New signing confirmed before 5 pm deadline

22 March 2018

Neal Ardley has today bolstered his attacking options by completing the signing of experienced winger Lloyd Sam.

The deadline this season for EFL clubs to sign players expires at 5 pm today (Thursday) and Wimbledon have also gained international clearance for Lloyd, who spent five years playing in the MLS with New York Red Bulls and DC United.

With Cody McDonald ruled out through injury, Neal believes that Lloyd will be a useful addition at a critical time, as Wimbledon seek vital points in the battle to stay up.

Neal Ardley said: "Lloyd has been with us for a month or two now, training and getting fit. We wanted to have a look at him and he is a tricky right-winger, an attacking player. Obviously, with us losing Cody we just felt we needed another player. What part he can play until the end of the season, is always tight, but he is on a short-term deal. We are hopeful he will get a bit of playing time for Alan Reeves (in the Under-23s) to get that sharpness back into his game and he may well be a big help for us in the remaining games. He's certainly shown us in training that he has ability and he just needs to get the physical side of his game up to speed."

Lloyd started his career with Charlton Athletic, progressing into the first-team, and making his debut in the Premier League against Crystal Palace in 2005. Lloyd made 119 league appearances for the Addicks and he's also had loan spells with Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and Southend United, plus permanent stints with Leeds, New York Red Bulls and DC United.

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