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Anthony joins Newport County on loan

Glyn hopes young midfielder will gain more game time during spell

25 January 2021

Midfielder Anthony Hartigan has today joined League Two club Newport County on loan for the rest of the season.

Following the arrival of George Dobson, on loan from Sunderland, Manager Glyn Hodges felt this would limit Anthony's involvement and that the 20 year-old Academy graduate would benefit from the loan to the Welsh club. 

"When we knew George Dobson was coming in, we thought it might restrict the amount of game time for Anthony in midfield," said Glyn. "We thought he’d get some vital minutes while out on loan. Hopefully he comes back to Wimbledon with a promotion on his CV. We wish Anthony the very best in his spell with Newport County."

Anthony made his first-team debut in August 2017 in a 3–1 League Cup defeat to Brentford. He became the first player to represent AFC Wimbledon who was born in the 2000s. He scored his first Dons goal in the EFL Trophy group game against Barnet later that month.

In April 2018, Anthony was named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League One at a ceremony in London  He has surpassed the 100 appearances mark for the club and played in our first game back at Plough Lane, against Doncaster Rovers back in November.

Newport are currently third in Sky Bet League Two and recently put up a gallant display in their FA Cup third round tie, exiting on penalties at home to Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion. A familiar face to Anthony at Rodney Parade will be former Wimbledon loanee Tom King, who performed heroics in goal for The Exiles.

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