Glyn Hodges said that he wasn’t prepared to pay over the odds to sign new players on transfer deadline day.
Our manager worked hard up until the window closed shut on Friday, but he felt that potential signings were not the right fit for Wimbledon, particularly at a time when supporters are making a great effort to raise funds for the new stadium. Glyn did bring in Mads Sorensen (pictured in action against Accrington), Joe Day and Julien Lamy to strengthen Wimbledon's squad.
“It was a hard transfer window and we went right down to the wire on Friday night,” said Glyn. “To bring in Mads, Joe, and Julien, plus extend the loan of Max Sanders, was fantastic. Max couldn’t wait to sign again and the other three lads know what we are about. They didn’t need any persuading about joining us, but Friday night was a bit different. People were pricing themselves out of the market for us. When I look at what our fans are achieving with raising funds for the Plough Lane Bond, I thought that we can’t be wasting money at this time. We are all in this together and we don’t want to be held to ransom, or pay over the odds. We want lads who want to be here and to play for this club.
“The budget is not great, but we all have the same goals – to stay in League One and get to Plough Lane. We started planning for the transfer window in December and now we are starting again for the summer. It never stops with us planning for the future. Friday was a tricky one for us, but we got the players in who understand what a special club this is and I am looking forward to working with them all.”