Dons chief on Jon Meades returning to club as development coach

BY SAM SMITH

Neal Ardley feels having former players among the coaching staff should be AFC Wimbledon’s identity following Jon Meades’ appointment as development xoach.

Former left-back Meades was forced to retire in the summer at the age of just 26 due to a recurring ankle problem.

Ardley played for the Dons’ senior team for 11 years after progressing through the academy.

The Dons manager said: “It’s great, fantastic [to have Meades back]. He’s the sort of lad you want around the place.

“More clubs should do it. I know a lot do, keep people who previously played around the club, keep them in the coaching staff. That should be the club’s identity and it’s something that we have started to do.”

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