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Rudi takes tips to reach goal target after breakthrough year

Young midfielder eager to keep on improving

15 December 2020

Jack Rudoni hasn’t had far to turn for advice as he strives for that elusive Wimbledon goal.

The 19-year-old's league debut against Doncaster was one year ago yesterday and he's gone onto become a regular first-teamer since, but he's determined to get that first Wimbledon goal - and Jack has been quick to ask our top scorer Joe Pigott for tips!

Speaking ahead of the match at Sunderland tonight, Jack said: "It has been a great year for me, I’m loving every minute of playing, and I just want to keep improving, keep pushing on, and helping the team. I want to get out there every day, train and work hard, and get some goals and assists. I want to help the team to push on, and get up the table.

"Me and ‘Pigs’ have a good relationship, he helps me all the time. He’s trying to help with my finishing, so that’s good! Callum, and Woody – all the older players in the squad – chip in and help us. We’ve got a good bond and a good squad, but we just have to stay focused, go out there, and get the results.

"We had the break as the season finished early and it unsettled everyone initially. I was out at the start of the season, but now I feel I’m getting into my stride. I just want to get better and better as the season goes on. I work every day in training on trying to get my shots away, so that I’m ready when the ball comes to me around the box. I have been getting more shots in during games, and I’m getting closer. I’m sure it will come soon.

“It’s a great memory (league debut versus Doncaster) for me. I remember that I had been on the bench quite a bit before that and I hadn’t come on. I was always ready, but I didn’t think I was coming on as the clock was ticking. I remember warming up and then suddenly I heard my name called. It almost happened too quickly, and I didn’t have much time to get the nerves out! I came on in the 60th minute, and I loved every bit of it. Callum got the winning goal, and we won 2-1 so it was an excellent memory."

Following the defeat at Charlton Athletic, the Dons have a quick chance to get back on track at Sunderland tonight and 'Rudi' will be proud to wear the club badge after joining us at the age of just 11.

“As a squad, we’ve spoken about it (the game on Saturday)," added Jack. "We are going into the game very positively. We have a plan and we are going to take it out onto the pitch – we know that we can get a result. Football is a team sport so we are all together: the subs, starting 11, everyone plays a part. We just have to go out there and stay focused on getting back to form. The last couple of weeks have just been a blip I think as I know we have more than enough quality to go out and get results.

“I wasn’t at the last away game at Sunderland, but a stadium is a stadium. We are out there to do a job and we are going to go out there and get a win.

“This has been my home since I was 11. It’s my ninth season now, so to come through and be in the first-team means everything. I love every minute of playing for this club and hopefully there’s a lot more time to play for this club, and lots of big occasions ahead.”

The full video interview with Jack is below.

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