Huseyin Biler will be aiming to build on his first-team debut at AFC Wimbledon by increasing his senior experience with Tonbridge Angels.
The 18-year-old right-back, who made his Dons debut as a substitute at Oxford recently, is highly-rated by our new Head Coach Mark Robinson, but he believes that a loan move is best for his development at this stage of his career.
Huseyin, who was still playing Sunday League football at Ryan FC in Walthamstow until two years ago, has today joined National League South club Tonbridge, ahead of the planned resumption of their season.
“I’ve talked a lot about learning environments recently and Huseyin is the perfect example," said Mark Robinson. "He initially came to us on trial from Sunday League football at the age of 16. He showed some wonderful ability on the ball, but absolutely no game understanding defensively. At most clubs I believe he would have been discarded, but we kept thinking that if he gained an understanding of what was required off the ball then we would have a real gem. It was a very slow process because we had to work out what kind of learner he was. There was also the fact that he’s incredibly driven and would get very frustrated when he got things wrong, so we had to manage him emotionally.
“Those who watched him during his substitute appearance at Oxford would have seen that he was foot perfect on and off the ball. The exciting thing with Huseyin is that he’s such an exciting talent, but because of his fantastic character there is going to be so much more to come.”