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Jake: It’s like I’ve never been away!

Midfielder excited for season ahead

12 July 2023

Interviews

Jake: It’s like I’ve never been away!

Midfielder excited for season ahead

12 July 2023

Jake Reeves has only been back at Wimbledon for a month and a half but already feels right at home as we move towards the 2023/24 campaign.

The energetic playmaker featured against Reading during our pre-season tour of Spain, putting in an assured display in the centre of the park alongside Morgan Williams.

It served as a reminder to fans about what our 2016 promotion winner offers as we look to kick on this season.

After returning from our trip abroad, Jake sat down with us to reflect on the week away, discuss maintaining standards and offer an insight into what is the key to success.

Watch the full interview below.  

TOUR

It was very hot, tough, a lot of hard work. I thought the game went really well. Certain things we worked on during the week came out which is a good positive considering it was only the first game. We spent loads of good time together.

We were doing double, triple and one day quadruple sessions to try and get us robust. I was looking at my watch and clocking out at 35k in a day – I was thinking “Jesus, I’ve got to get up tomorrow!” You have to always be ready again.

SETTLED

It kind of does feel like I’ve never been away. It’s quite an easy group to integrate into, the boys have been good.

LEADING

Woody (Alex Woodyard) is captain but he didn’t start the game, it was nice that the gaffer felt that I would be the more senior experienced player to wear the armband from the start.

INSPIRATION

I’ve been quite lucky, I’ve worked with quite a few leaders. When I was last here Bully (Dannie Bulman) was midway through his thirties when I played with him. He’s a jovial, laughy kind of character but to play to his age is something to aspire to.

I also had Romain Vincelot and Matthew Kilgallon at Bradford, they were both unbelievable pros on and off the pitch.

STANDARDS

If we can all help each other out – players, staff, kitmen, cleaners, if we can all make each other’s jobs a lot easier then the whole club will run a lot easier. Just because you’re a player doesn’t mean you leave your bottle on the floor. You wouldn’t leave it at home, so why leave it in the dressing room?

FANS

It was good to see them. I still recognised plenty of faces. At the old ground you were always surrounded by the fans all the time.

ADVICE

I tend to pass on little bits of information when there are breaks in training drills. That’s the time to do it really. You don’t need to pull people for long chats. It’s better to speak to them about things when it’s just happened, when it’s fresh in their minds.

BASICS

The basics are massively important in football and in winning teams. Without them you can’t build a foundation. They’re what makes a team work and function.

At Stevenage it was huge – because of our brand of football, you had to master the basics. Otherwise you don’t get that success.

SQUAD

It was already a young team when I came in but now we’ve added certain experienced players. I think the gaffer has recruited well and I personally believe we’ve got the right types of people to be sitting here quietly confident.

The season is just around the corner now, we’re very close and we’re excited to get going. The excitement comes around quickly.


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