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Adebayo Akinfenwa signs for AFC Wimbledon

20 June 2014

AFC Wimbledon have held off competition from a number of clubs to land experienced striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

The 32-year-old scored 10 goals during his second spell with Gillingham in Sky Bet League One last season and will now look to strike up a fruitful partnership with fellow new signing Matt Tubbs at Kingsmeadow.

Dons boss Neal Ardley revealed he had been chasing Akinfenwa for some time and was pleased to finally secure his signature.

"I tried very hard last season to get Adebayo in and I'm very pleased that I've finally got my man," Ardley told Dons Player.

"He is a striker who gets his fair share of goals, which the statistics prove, but what the statistics don't show is how many goals he plays a part in. If you put someone alongside him with the finishing prowess of Matt Tubbs, then it is clear what we've been trying to do here. I am over the moon with it."

Akinfenwa, who can also count Torquay, Swansea and Northampton among his former clubs, said: "I'm not trying to be arrogant, but there were quite a few clubs aiming for my signature.

"It was his (Ardley's) vision and the way that he wants to play football that influenced my decision. I want to play well for him and for the club.

"For this club to come back into the Football League is a beautiful story. My mindset is that you should take your destiny in your own hands and defy your limitations; if you want to do something then you can do it.

"I just think that AFC Wimbledon and Akinfenwa fit well together. I'm looking forward to it and let's do something great."


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