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Wally on his priorities for improving the squad

Manager's update after his summer break

21 June 2019

Wally Downes has updated us on his search for new talent as he seeks to improve a Wimbledon squad that finished last season so impressively.

The Dons have so far brought in two new players with Nesta Guinness-Walker and Adam Roscrow joining our squad in time for pre-season.

Wally said: “We are getting there, but the trouble with this is that you are at the mercy of the bigger clubs. Certainly, there’s nothing that’s really settled until the last week. We’ve filled a couple of gaps, we’ve brought Nesta in and we have a new keeper coming in next week. We are fine at the moment.

“There is probably one position at the moment that I need to fill. Steve Seddon obviously went back to Birmingham and we’ve signed Nesta. If Nesta starts, terrific, but we certainly need another left-back in. If I look at the squad, I put up a formation of 4-4-2 because it always looks comfortable that way and you can see who is in position. At the moment, we are covered, apart from at left-back.”

A double boost for Wimbledon ahead of the new season was provided with Will Nightingale and Paul Kalambayi both signing new contracts and our manager said that sorting out their futures was a priority for him.

“I was working on doing those contracts before the season finished,” added Wally. “It was important that we got the contracts done and they’ve both re-signed, which is terrific. Paul is very committed to the club, as is Will, and to have those two playing together, along with Terell and Rod, that will be the basis of our defence next year.”

Take a look below at a full video interview with Wally, who also gives his views on Wimbledon's start to the season after the fixtures were released.

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