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Former Dons forward immediately loaned out after making January switch

Ayoub Assal has been instantly loaned out by Al-Wakrah to fellow Qatar Stars League side Al-Markhiya.

The 21-year-old completed his move to Al-Wakrah on Friday, with AFC Wimbledon receiving a club-record transfer fee in the phoenix club era for Assal’s services. 

Assal penned a five-year deal with Al-Wakrha, who are third in the table. However, the attacker will now spend the rest of the season on loan with Al-Markhiya, who are fourth from bottom in the division.

The Wimbledon academy graduate made his first start for Al-Markhiya on Sunday, starting away Al Sadd.

Assal played 74 minutes before being substituted as Al-Markhiya lost 1-0.

Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stockport County, Johnnie Jackson said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the boy.

“It’s going to change his life – I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

“We’re really disappointed to have lost a player of that calibre.

“I loved working with him – I really enjoyed it.

“The football club deserves a huge credit for developing him through the academy, along with the people who played their part in that.

“We really helped to take his game to the next level this season – it’s culminated in him getting a move.

“That’s what happens unfortunately at this level. You do lose your best players – people come and make them offers which are obviously head-turners.

“Good luck to the boy. He leaves with fond wishes and I really hope he goes and does well.”


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