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Archie joins Rangers after honing his skills at Wimbledon

16-year-old makes move to Scotland

1 July 2022

AFC Wimbledon can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Scottish Premier League giants Rangers for the transfer of Academy player Archie Stevens.

The 16-year-old attacker, who has been with us for three years, joins last season’s Europa League finalists for an undisclosed fee.

Academy Manager Michael Hamilton said: "We wish Archie every success in the future and we will be monitoring his progress closely. Since day one his potential was clear, but the staff behind the journey have helped develop his skills. We therefore acknowledge the roles that James Oliver-Pearce, Jack Matthews, Ben Fosuhene and Hasib Saed played in Archie’s journey. If he continues to apply himself in the way he has so far then he can achieve whatever he wants.

“Though it’s a huge shame to lose talent before that potential is realised here, it’s a measure of the success of our development programme to be losing players to clubs of this stature. We have to accept from time to time that we will lose players and in transferring Archie he becomes the fifth player the academy has sold in the past 24 months.

“For every player we ‘sell’, we have multiple players that we are confident will progress through our own pathway. After the emergence of Dylan Adjei-Hersey and Zach Robinson last season, we have more exciting potential and we’ve just announced that four players have signed professional contracts.”

All at our Academy and the Club wish Archie every success in the future.

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