George Dobson said he enjoyed a hectic first 24 hours as a Dons player that included signing in time to make his debut, meeting his new team-mates at a hotel – and making sure his initiation song was a hit with the boys!
Speaking after his debut in the 1-1 draw at Crewe, George said: “The deal got finalised on Friday and it had to be completed before 12 noon for me to be involved today. I drove down from up north to meet the squad and the manager at the hotel and I had a bit of dinner. I was straight in and singing, which is the worst thing in football! I have done a few (initiation songs) and you get used to it, but they don’t get any easier! All the lads were great, it has only been a day, but I am settling in fine. I am looking forward to getting to know them more.
"It was frantic, but enjoyable, and to be chucked straight in for the last half hour was what I wanted at a new club. I really enjoyed it as it is great to feel wanted and I am really looking forward to being a part of the team for the second half of the season.”
The midfielder believes he’s in the right place to reignite his football career – and he’s determined to help push Wimbledon up the League One table. The lure of playing at our new stadium and for a proud club run by its supporters really appealed to George.
“I am only 23, but I have played nearly 150 games so I am not like a youngster in terms of experience. I feel I have been in a similar situation to this when I was at Walsall, so I feel I can bring what I learned here to the table and help as much as possible. Wimbledon should be in this division and I am coming in to help get us up the table.
“Looking at the club with the new stadium, there’s a lot of potential. I haven’t been there yet, but it looks beautiful. There was that element and the manager sold it to me. I could have went elsewhere, but I felt this was the best place for me to continue my development and get back playing games.
“I understand that the club is run by the fans, which is tremendous, so the fans have brought me in, obviously with the manager’s backing. Every time I get to play I will just try to prove myself and give everything for them.
"We showed some real good quality (versus Crewe). I watched the game against Sunderland a couple of weeks ago, and it was never a 3-0 game, even the boys at Sunderland were saying that. There are some encouraging signs definitely, there are good players here. I think I can bring some extra quality and get the team back to where they were at the start of the season when they were winning games.”
Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell’s full interview with George.