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Terell thrives on new challenge as he gears up for half century

Centre-back ready for tough test against the league leaders

14 February 2020

Terell Thomas says he’s thriving on the increased responsibility of guiding Wimbledon’s young players, as he gets ready to make his 50th league appearance for the club.

Though Terell is not yet in his mid-20s, he’s been one of the senior players at times this season, and it’s a responsibility he’s relishing.

“At 24, I’m not old for a footballer, but our average age must be one of the lowest in the league,” said Terell. “That does put pressure on me to be an experienced figure out on the field, and around the training ground, helping the younger players at the back, including Paul Osew, Nesta, and even Mads after he came in. It’s really given me a new aspect of the game to learn: the talking side, bringing experience to the team, and stuff like that. It’s something that I’ve always thought to myself that I can improve upon. Being the middle man in the back five I’m really the one who keeps everyone in line and I can see most of what’s going on. It’s really on me to keep talking and to give information to the midfield and the defenders to my left and right.

“Obviously, the keeper behind me is feeding me information. We trust Joe behind us, he’s very vocal. He’s a presence in there with coming out and collecting crosses, which is good.”

In an interview ahead of Saturday’s match at Rotherham, Terell spoke about the prospect of reaching his half century for Wimbledon league appearances and he fully appreciates the support given to him from our fanbase.

“I didn’t know that I was coming up to 50 league games, but it just shows how fast time can fly. It’s fantastic. Hopefully, I can get many more games for Wimbledon and we can push on. I really appreciate the support from our fans, both home and away. The support is fantastic and you can see that everyone is passionate about the club.

“I am enjoying it. I think I’ve been consistent in my performances, but it’s a real thing for me to keep pushing on and hopefully I can maintain that consistency.

“We don’t just think that because they are the league leaders we have to give a bit extra. Every game we go into with the same mentality. We are not going in with any fear of them being top of the league. It’s another team and we will work on them and how to beat them. We will see what happens on the day.”

This morning, our social media channels contained tweets and posts with Terell Thomas making a heart shape with his hands asking for people to show a little love for AFC Wimbledon by backing the Plough Lane Bond. See below for a Valentine’s Day message from our squad.

The Plough Land Bond offers annual returns of up to 4%. Minimum investment starts from £1k with loans running for five, ten and twenty-year terms. Your capital is at risk. Please see the website for full terms and conditions and risk factors.


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