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Wycombe Wanderers: Adebayo Akinfenwa signs, and still has plenty to offer

11 July 2016

The Beast is back! Having helped AFC Wimbledon to promotion last term prior to his release, Adebayo Akinfenwa is back in Sky Bet League Two with Wycombe Wanderers.

Akinfenwa has signed a one-year deal at Adams Park and was on hand to reveal the club's new kit on Sunday ahead of their pre-season trip to France.

The former Swansea City, Northampton Town and Gillingham front man asked managers to get in touch with him following Wimbledon's Play-Off success against Plymouth Argyle, a game in which the 34-year-old netted an injury-time penalty to seal promotion.

Chairboys manager Gareth Ainsworth was the man who got in touch and he believes Akinfenwa will contribute a significant amount to his squad on and off the pitch in Season 2016/17.

“Everybody knows what Bayo is about and I’m so excited to have him here because he’s the right signing at the right time for us,” Ainsworth told

“I believe that bringing Bayo to the club shows our intent to give it a real push to go bigger and better than what we achieved last season. With Dayle Southwell, Paris Cowan-Hall and Myles Weston also coming into the club this summer, I’m delighted with the way we’ve been able to strengthen our attacking options and I know this signing in particular will get people talking.

“Bayo has had a phenomenal career and still has plenty to offer, not just on the pitch but also in the changing room because of his character and real leadership qualities.”

Akinfenwa has had plenty of success in football, scoring more than 150 times in the EFL, but he has become a household name across the world for his physical presence.

He's at Wycombe for footballing reasons, though, and said he's relishing the chance to meet up with his team-mates and get started.

"I'm here to be one of the lads": @daRealAkinfenwa says he won't let his celebrity status detract from his football.

— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) July 11, 2016
"I had a lot of interest around the world but I sat down with the gaffer [Gareth Ainsworth] and what he had to say blew everyone out of the water," Akinfenwa told Chairboys PlayerHD.

"I've played against Wycombe over the years and they seem like they have that never-say-die attitude and they look like they've got that togetherness, which was massive for us last year at AFC Wimbledon.

"I'm not a spring chicken anymore but I bring experience and I like to think I bring a positive attitude and energy."

Watch: See the full interview with Adebayo Akinfenwa on Chairboys PlayerHD by clicking here

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