Will Nightingale made his return as a substitute at Sunderland and our captain is determined to play his part in pushing Wimbledon forward this season.
The Dons host Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday aiming for a first victory this season after tough matches at Ipswich and Sunderland. In the latter game at the Stadium of Light, Will, who had been out injured with a knee injury, entered the fray on the hour, but Wimbledon were already 2-1 down at that stage.
“Anytime that I miss any sort of game, it’s horrible," said Will. "Watching the boys from the sidelines, it makes you feel useless. It’s terrible, so I can’t wait to be playing every week again. I feel that I’ve got to make up for the time that’s been lost really. We’ve not got off to the start that we wanted results-wise, but I think that there are a lot of things coming together. I’m hoping that I can be out there and having a positive effect on the boys, so that we can start to string a few results together.
“I finished last season as captain and that made me massively proud. I know I’ve had tough times myself, but I’m very proud of my journey to become a professional footballer and by no means is it finished yet. I am here to do a job on the pitch and create success for AFC Wimbledon.
“It’s been mentioned quite a few times during my rise through the ranks about me captaining the side at Plough Lane. For the manager to actually give me the captaincy is massive. I really want to repay his decision in doing that. I feel that I’ve not marked down my authority on this club yet. I’ve not stamped down my name how I’ve wanted to and not yet had the success that I wanted to, at this club. I’ve got a long way to go to achieve things here and I want to do everything that I can to make sure that I’m remembered at Wimbledon.”
Terrace tickets are available to cheer on The Dons versus Wycombe, as Wally’s boys seek a first victory this season. Visit our online ticket shop to book a ticket.