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Loan watch special: One year on with Jack and Elliott

Academy graduates continue to shine

11 October 2021

Academy graduates Jack Currie and Elliott Bolton are both thriving out on loan, a year on since signing their first professional contracts with the club.

Defender Jack has won several man-of-the-match awards playing for National League South Eastbourne Borough, while midfielder Elliott has helped Isthmian Premier Corinthian-Casuals to a fourth qualifying round tie at home to St Albans in the FA Cup this Saturday. 

"One of the reasons I chose Eastbourne Borough is because of how they play," said Jack. "They've been great, the staff and everyone. They kind of know the goals that we've set ourselves and they align nicely with what Wimbledon want. Overall it's a very good foundation for the next step."

"I heard good things about Corinthian-Casuals before I joined," said Elliott. "I played against them once last season. I got in touch with their manager, had my first game there and loved it ever since really. From then on, I've been playing games week in, week out. The coaching staff have been very good with me and I feel like I've been developing really well with them."

The two players share a unique bond, despite playing on loan at different clubs now. They've known each other since the age of four and went to school together, long before committing their futures to AFC Wimbledon at the same time. Both Jack and Elliott are enjoying the responsibilities that come with making the step up to the senior game.

"It's massive," said Jack. "You've got sort of a gap between 23s and first-team football. 23s football is great, but you need that experience where every point matters. You're going to get pushed, you're going to get beaten up, but it's about knowing your roles and having the right sort of technique to push you onto the next level."

"Corinthian-Casuals is a passionate club," said Elliott. "All the fans want from you is one hundred per-cent work rate every game and if you're winning games - then great. They really care about football and it's just really great to play for a club with such passion and that's why I wanted to play for them in the first place." 

You can watch an extensive interview, full of insight from two young Dons Jack Currie and Elliott Bolton below - via the link to our official YouTube channel. 

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