Dons boss Downes: I wouldn’t have been in a great rush to send Millwall keeper back

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes has admitted he would have been in no rush to send Tom King back to Millwall – after being left impressed by his displays.

The goalkeeper arrived on loan from Millwall before the start of the season.

But King fell out of favour under previous manager Neal Ardley, who opted instead to hand the number one spot to Joe McDonnell.

King returned to the Lions at the start of January.

Downes has snapped up winger Dylan Connolly from Irish champions Dundalk. Aaron Ramsdale has arrived from AFC Bournemouth on loan, with Tom King heading back to Millwall.

“Dylan has got very good technique and is very quick – exactly what we are looking for,” said Downes. “When I came here, Tom hadn’t been playing. It seemed strange for a loan goalkeeper – if they come for a year then they are going to be playing.

“I had a look at [Joe] McDonnell and felt duty-bound to give Kingy a go. He’d looked okay in training and when he stepped up I couldn’t find fault. He probably could’ve done a little bit better in his last game against Portsmouth but he made some critical saves and was brilliant around the place, a really good pro.

“There’s definitely a first-team goalkeeper in him, whether that is now or it takes a year. The information I had when I came in was that Tom was going back – so I made a pathway for a new keeper.

“Tom did great in the meantime and I wouldn’t have been in a great rush to change it. Darren did well on Saturday.

“I’m pleased Tom got some games. I wouldn’t have liked him to be viewed as a failure – he certainly wasn’t. When he came in for me he was terrific.”

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