So as I mentioned earlier, Luke Moore has signed for Wimbledon. Welcome to the club, Luke. He fits well into Terry Browns model of young players still full of potential. In fact Terry’s words on the O/S are interesting –
I also expect Luke to develop within the next couple of years into a quality Football League striker
Not ‘Luke has the potential to play in the Football League’ or ‘We are hoping Luke will develop into a League player’… Terry expects him to be a quality Football League striker. Its sounds like he is not alone in that opinion – a Football League club had made an offer for him.
Now obviously we know nothing of that clubs offer – it could just have been the offer of a trial for example – but the fact that Terry speaks so emphatically about him suggests he genuinely believes Moore can be a special player for us, not just in the Conference but the division above as well. That I believe him is because as I write this I’m listening to Terry’s interview on Cherry Red TV.
The way Terry talks just before the hour mark about how he ‘nicked’ his young players at Aldershot, how he ‘nicked’ Tim Sills from Kingstonian and ‘nicked’ Roscoe Dsane from Woking. He obviously takes great delight in putting young teams together that can challenge. At Wimbledon he has time to bring through younger players who have the ability to play in the Football League. We are in no rush to be challenging immediately (but even if the unexpected happens like last year there is no ceiling to the ambition of this club).
Perhaps I’m overdue a mid pre-season report, but I’d like to see how it all gels together before I start getting too excited. We now seem to have a quality young player in every position that if they apply themselves can be part of the Wimbledon side that gets back into the league. No disrespect to the aforementioned Dsane, who had a great season with us, but signing him as anything other than a backup would go completely against the grain of the clubs current transfer policy.
If these players are good enough, they’re old enough. Recent talk on message boards of an old head being required in midfield seems fair enough if we were planning for the title this season. But as far as I can see we aren’t prepared to bankrupt the club doing that. Even if we sign no one else this summer I believe we have the quality for a top half finish. Let Luton and Oxford spend their way out of the division, they can afford to after all. I’m looking forward to watching some excellent young prospects turn into a formidable team in the near future.
The news article mentioning Luke’s signing also stated there would be some news on our pre-season schedule during the start of next week. Start planning those trips to Farnborough and Tonbridge!