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Lift off for Paul’s Wimbledon career after key switch

Young left-back sets his sights higher after progressing through the ranks

31 July 2019

Paul Osew said that a switch from forward to full-back paved the way towards his pro career at AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking after his Man of the Match display against Crystal Palace, Paul, who signed his first pro deal at the end of last season, said: “At the start when Robbo first put me there I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I was just running out of position. Now I’m asking questions and adapting to my position. I can see actually why I was put there now, so a big thanks to Robbo. I just have to keep asking questions to learn more and more. Hopefully, the gaffer will play me more so that I can show him what I can do.

“It was a dream (to be playing last night) against players that I’ve seen on the TV! As a young boy I was thinking ‘I want to get to that stage’. I thank the manager for giving me that opportunity.

“Before pre-season I was out in Dubai doing a bit, so when I came back I was feeling fit. It hasn’t been too hard for me, but the environment is pretty good. We are all supporting each other and we are one big family. For us young lads coming through, it’s an environment that we feel comfortable in.”

Finlay Macnab, who marked his first appearance at senior level with a goal against Palace, has thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the first-team squad recently.

“The last five or six weeks has been amazing, just pushing on with the first-team," said the midfielder. "I just have to keep working hard after getting my first start. I remembered that there was a corner in the first half and the ball just went across and no one touched it. I thought in the second-half I would go and stand exactly where the ball went in the first-half, but in the other area. Luckily, it came straight to my head and I just headed it in.”

Take a look at the full interview with Paul and Finlay below.

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