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Luke aims to build on impressive start to his Dons career

New right-back keen to add to his tally

30 August 2019

Luke O’Neill is determined to build on his bright start to life at Wimbledon – and he’s relishing the challenge of taking on third placed Wycombe.

“We want to get the win under our belt and being at home is an advantage for us,” said Luke. “Hopefully the fans will get behind us as they always do. I said when I first joined how well the fans get behind the team, because it is quite close in as well and that always stands you in good stead going forward.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to it. I feel like we’ve been playing really well and been unlucky in some games. It would be nice to get the three points and we’ll look forward from there.

“Anyone looking at the fixtures we’ve had for the past five games, would see they are teams that are up there and we’ve been in every game. Maybe there have been a couple of mistakes in a couple of games that have cost us, but we’ve regrouped at the training ground, feel good and we’re looking forward to the game.”

Luke has hit the ground running since his summer arrival from Gillingham, having claimed two goals already for The Dons after some debate over his first league strike in the draw with Accrington. He also set-up our goal for Kwesi Appiah against Sunderland last weekend.

“Of course I’m claiming the two goals!” said Luke, “I feel like I’ve done well and hopefully I’ll keep adding more to the group, There’s a great bunch of boys here, the staff have been brilliant with me, I’ve enjoyed it and hopefully that will continue.

“We work on the training pitch on formation, but Wally is really good and I can express myself and hopefully continue what I’ve been doing.

Luke is also feeling the benefit of working with several former team mates, having linked up with them again at The Dons.

“Callum (Reilly) has fitted in really well and the boys have taken to him,” said Luke.  “He’s got a lot to offer and a lot of experience as well that will keep us in good stead for the rest of the season.

“Waggy  (Scott Wagstaff) is a good boy! Even when I first went to Gillingham, I sat with him in the changing room. I’ve always got on with ‘Wags’. Obviously on the pitch as well we played together down the right side, so it felt normal really coming in to play with him.

“I played with Woody (Anthony Wordsworth) at Southend as well, so I know what a good player he is. It’ll be good when he comes back as I think he is itching to be back out there as well! It’ll be good for everyone.”

You can see our full interview with Luke O’Neil below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.


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