Attacking midfielder Ayoub Assal has been given an opportunity to gain valuable first-team experience at Billericay Town.
The 18-year-old has had previous loan spells at Met Police, so this offers Ayoub a chance to step-up to National League South level with Billericay, a club managed by former Tottenham Hotspur player Jamie O’Hara.
Mark Robinson, our Lead Professional Phase Coach and Loans Manager, said: “Along with Zach Robinson, Ayoub was our first scholar to go out on loan early and experience men’s football last season. He had a very successful loan spell at Met Police and after already impressing with our first- team in pre season it's hugely important we get the next part of his journey spot on.
"I've had extensive talks with Jamie O Hara over the past four weeks as Ayoub has been playing in pre season games for Billericay and I am confident this loan move is exactly what Ayoub needs right now for his pathway. The style of football Billericay play will help him flourish, but he will have to show the game understanding needed off the ball to earn his right to play. He has the ability to effect games, both on and off the ball, and needs to learn they are both as important as each other.”
Billericay manager Jamie O’Hara added: “We are really happy to have Ayoub on board with us. He looks to be an exceptional talent and we are confident we can help progress his development as a player, whilst he helps us achieve what we’re setting out to do this season. We are excited to have him on board and really happy with the relationship we’ve set up with AFC Wimbledon.”
Glyn Hodges said: “Ayoub has been out at Met Police on loan, so he’s had a taste for it. Billericay are at a good level with some experienced players, so he will learn from his spell there. We are pleased with that and we must also mention that Elliott (Bolton) got his first goal for Merstham in midweek, so the boys out on loan seem to be thriving. When they come back into our group they train with us daily, so they are doing great. They all have a good chance and they are doing fine at the moment.”