Ex-Norwich City defender George Francomb had his heart set on AFC Wimbledon reunion
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Former Norwich City defender George Francomb revealed the spurned the advances of two League One clubs before opting to rejoin AFC Wimbledon.
The 21-year-old made 16 appearances for the Dons in an extended loan stint last season and Francomb believes Neal Ardley is building something special at the ambitious League Two outfit after agreeing a permanent switch following his Canaries' exit.
'I did have a couple of League One clubs interested in signing me, but I wanted to come here,' he told Wimbledon's official site. 'If I did not believe that Wimbledon had ambition then I would not have returned. Hopefully I can hit the ground running and we can be challenging at the other end of the table. I am delighted to have signed here and I cannot wait to get started.
'When I was here before the fans were fantastic to me and fantastic for the team when we were going through a rough patch. I have had a lot of messages on Twitter about potentially coming back and I am glad that I have now put pen to paper.'
Dons' chief Ardley revealed he targeted Francomb within days of the full-back's Carrow Road release. Francomb made a total of two senior league appearances for the Canaries after progressing through the academy ranks in addition to further loan spells at Barnet and Hibernian.
'We were very sorry to lose George when he went back to Norwich because he was probably the highlight for us in a struggling team at the time,' he said. 'I really enjoyed working with him then because you could see the quality that he had. As soon as I knew that the player would be leaving Norwich I threw my hat into the ring.
'I spoke to his agent in early May because I knew that I would have to do a bit of work to get him. I had to try and put the budget in place so that we could make an offer that could bring George back here.
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'I am delighted that George has joined and he is a great signing for the club. We have spoken at length about where he should play and his role in the team. I see him playing in a more advanced midfield role, which I know he prefers to play.
'We want to develop George's game in the final third because he has a great right foot and great delivery. Hopefully he can make more assists and chip in with more goals.
'George said he loved playing here for the Wimbledon fans and he knows what to do so that he can develop as a player in the next few years.'