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Josh: I want to get promoted

Our striker’s first words after joining the Dons

19 July 2022

Josh Davison was naturally pleased to have finally completed his permanent transfer to AFC Wimbledon on Monday afternoon and wasted no time in showing what he’s all about as he spoke to us for the first time.

The 22-year-old striker arrives at Plough Lane with a growing reputation for being a hardworking marksman who averaged a goal every two games during a prolific loan spell with Swindon Town last season.

Johnnie Jackson quickly identified the former Enfield Town ace as a player that he wanted to lead the line during the 2022/23 campaign and yesterday he finally got his man as Josh put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Now the summer signing from Charlton Athletic has provided us with his initial reaction to joining the Dons, as we discussed his relationship with Johnnie, his journey through non-league football and his joy at being handed the much coveted number nine shirt.

You can read a full transcript of Josh’s first interview with us below and you can now watch it on our official YouTube channel.

Q: Josh, welcome to Wimbledon. You must be delighted to be here I imagine?

A: I’m buzzing to be here. I can’t wait to get started.

Q: Did the move come about quickly?

A: It came about quickly. It’s been talked about for quite a while. I’m happy to have got everything sorted so that I can start playing.

Q: What drew you to the club?

A: I’ve watched the club with interest since I was 16. When I was growing up as a kid I always recognised Wimbledon as a big club because of the players that they had playing for them back in the day.

Johnnie Jackson was good with me when I joined Charlton as an 18-year-old and I know he’ll get the best out of me.

Q: You started out in non-league. Did you ever believe that you would get into the Football League and play at the level that you’re at now?

A: I always had the goal to. Whether or not I always believed it would happen is another story. I’ve always backed myself.

Q: How was your first day of the training, have the lads given you banter already?

A: I can already tell it’s a good group. I’m looking forward to settling in and getting to know them a bit better.

Q: You’ve also seen the stadium today. What do you think of it?

A: It’s my first time here. The stadium, the pitch and the stands are unreal.

Q: What have you made of the signings that we’ve made already?

A: It’s a big pull for me. There’s a vision in place. The club wants to get back to where it was last season. We want to try and get promotion and that was a big selling point.

Q: I know some players aren’t too fussy about shirt numbers but you’ve bagged the number nine. Are you pleased about that?

A: As a striker growing up as a kid you always want to be number nine and I was no different. I hope to do it proud over time.

PICS: Ian Stephen

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