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Luke’s thank-you message ahead of Christmas

Attacking midfielder loving every minute of his time at Wimbledon so far

22 December 2021

In-form Luke McCormick has delivered a passionate message of thanks to our fans for their great support.

Our Boxing Day fixture at home to Charlton offers an opportunity for the Dons to build on an impressive sequence of results. Our attacking midfielder has been integral to that form, contributing two goals in four matches and linking up superbly with Ollie Palmer, Ayoub Assal, and Jack Rudoni.

His clinical finish at Accrington rewarded the travelling Dons support for getting behind the team up in Lancashire and that was followed by another positive performance at Wycombe.

Luke said: “When I come out of the tunnel and look around I know that the people love their club, but they also sacrifice a lot financially and time away from their families to watch us. It is scary times at the moment, but I think football gives people a release and that’s what it’s all about. Hopefully we can keep putting smiles on faces.

“For me, I can’t thank the fans enough as we come up to Christmas. Accrington Stanley was cold enough and wet enough to play in, let alone to stand there and sing their hearts out for 90-plus minutes. That’s why I play football. For me personally, it’s that emotion and when you feel it is reciprocated from the fans there’s nothing to beat that.”

After finally leaving Chelsea in the summer – he has been there since the age of six – Luke added that he’s enjoying every minute of it here.

“I think I’ve adapted well to it,” Luke added. “Robbo has spoken about it previously and for me it was such a change in terms of my lifestyle, as well as off the pitch and on it. I’m getting used to the environment as we do things a lot differently here, but I’m fully embedded in it now. I love playing for this football club, I love the fans, and I love everything about Wimbledon. For me to be a part of this makes me feel so proud and hopefully we can keep repaying the fans with good performances and points on the board.

“I feel that I’m learning every day about what it means to play for this football club. There’s always that cliché about hitting the ground running, but I feel that you’ve really got to learn about it. You can’t just google the story - it has to become a part of you. I feel that’s what’s happening with me. I can feel it on the pitch, in particular the trust I have with my team-mates. I think everyone has been in good form recently and our results have been good.”

Luke, who has scored five goals for the Dons, was quick to praise the players behind our attack for their contributions to recent results.

“The front four have been in really good form, but that’s a credit to the other seven players behind us," added Luke. "For me, we are reaping the rewards of our training every day. If we have a good week of training it doesn’t mean to say we are going to get the rewards on the Saturday – that may come in the next two or three weeks. That’s something I’ve learned and it’s just about coming in every day, trusting the process, and carrying on our elite behaviours every single day.

“Our front four have been on fire, but a lot of that comes from the boys behind and keeping that structure off the ball. They work their socks off in every single game and they are a massive part of the team. If they play well, we play well.”


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