AFC Wimbledon winger Andy Barcham is excited at the prospect of playing a part in club history.
When the Dons move to Plough Lane, possibly next year, he hopes he get the opportunity to be there.
After more than 27 years in exile, whole generations of Dons fans have been born and started Watching from the stands since they last played at their spiritual home.
“The first game there will be such a big occasion,” he said. “It has been a long time coming.
“Everyone has worked so hard behind the scenes – the volunteers as well as the staff. It will be a fitting reward for people who hold the club so close to their hearts.
“I think is only natural to want to be around for that. It would be lovely to get to play there. But it would also be great to be a part of the history of this club. You want to put your stamp on the team you play for.
“Being part of Wimbledon’s history is something to look back on for any player.
“But we would not want to stop there. We all want to keep taking the club forward. I would love to be around to see it all happen.”
Barcham is looking ahead to life off the pitch after his retirement, even if he still feels good enough to have several more years at the top level.
He has taken PFA individual training courses as well as a UEFA B coaching course in the summer.
“I may not go down that route but I want to get as much in my locker as possible,” he said. “That way, it is there if I need it. I have always wanted to get as much knowledge and education in the game as I can.
“You look at Paul Robinson though – at how long he has been playing – and you like to think you have a few more seasons left. I feel I have lots more to offer.
“No one knows what might happen. With having a family, I want to play football as long as I can. I have loved the game since I was a boy and I want to keep going as long as I can.”
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