AFC Wimbledon Complete Liam Trotter Signing

  • July 21, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of Liam Trotter, who had been available as a free agent following his release by Bolton.

Trotter, who spent three-and-a-half years with Wanderers, a period which also saw him take in a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, is understood to have signed a two-year deal at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, a ground on which he netted a winning goal against the Dons in August 2016.

The 28-year-old becomes Wimbledon's seventh signing of the summer and he admits playing against them last season showed why they could be a force to be reckoned with in League One next season.

"The team looked comfortable at this level, having come up the season before," Trotter told AFC Wimbledon's official YouTube channel.

"I played against AFC Wimbledon and it was a very tough game. It ran right to the end and we didn't score until the last five minutes with a winner.

"I didn't play in the game at Bolton but I watched it and, to be honest, Wimbledon came up and were the better team on the day. They probably deserved more than a draw, so I was impressed."

Dons manager Neal Ardley thought the chance to sign Trotter had passed after he went on to feature in two pre-season friendlies for Scunthorpe United, but he made his move to sign the former Millwall midfielder after hearing he had declined an invite on Iron's tour of Austria.

Speaking to AFCWimbledon.co.uk, Ardley said: "When Liam went to Scunthorpe (on trial) they wanted him to go to Austria and to make a decision at the end of the week, but he was not sure that going three or four weeks into pre-season with no club was the right thing to do.

"There were other clubs that did make offers to Liam and they were chasing him up.

"It got to the point earlier in the week when we had to decide whether or not to have a crack at it. We could not afford what another club was offering, but Liam decided that our project was what he wanted to be a part of.

"For us to get a player who has played over 200 games in the Championship, I hope our fans appreciate it."

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