Shayon Harrison Joins AFC Wimbledon
Harrison Looking to Add Goals to Struggling Wimbledon Side
AFC Wimbledon have struggled for goals this season and will be hoping the arrival of Harrison can help solve that problem. Only five sides have scored fewer than a Dons side that sit just one point above the relegation zone.
Having come through the ranks at Tottenham, Harrison made just one senior appearance for the club during his 12-year tenure. Loan spells as Yeovil Town and Southend United were followed up with a stint in Australia at Melbourne City, where he scored four goals from 11 appearances.
Following his release from Spurs, Harrison joined Dutch second division side Almere. In 18 months, the 23-year-old has netted eight goals from 33 outings.
The Dons will be hoping that he can find a similar vein of goalscoring form as he did for the Tottenham U23 side where he scored an impressive 26 times from 50 appearances.
What Was Said
Interim Manager Mark Robinson said: “It was a signing that was in the pipeline before I got asked to be Caretaker Manager.
“Joe called me and said there was a chance of still bringing him in. I didn’t know a lot about Shayon, but I looked at clips – not that you are going to see any negative clips of anyone – and we do need another forward option.
“Glyn and Nick had done their work on him before, but I wanted to speak with Shayon before we signed him. I had a long chat with him and you can only base it upon what you know, but we need more options, so we’ve signed him.
“He’s had his first training session with us, and he seems to have a really good character, which is very important, so that’s where it stemmed from.
“He was one of those players who was thought of as having really high potential. For whatever reason, it didn’t quite happen for him, but he went abroad and did well. It’s a great opportunity for him: we will give him the support he needs and it’s up to him to grab his chance.”
Harrison added: “I’m very excited to be here. I’ve played in League One and League Two before and my priority was to come back to England.
“I’m at a stage in my career when I need to be playing as much as possible and getting the opportunity to come here and play for such a great club with great history is delightful.
“The lads and the manager have really welcomed me into the group and I’m looking forward to helping the team out as much as I can.”