Step backwards could help Dons - Thornton

Gary Thornton
Gary Thornton

Head coach Gary Thornton thinks a step backwards for the Dons could help the club in the long run.

Thornton has wasted little time in re-modelling his squad following relegation to League One, including a swoop for highly-rated Aussie half back Jordie Hedges from NRL outfit South Sydney Rabbitohs.

And he is optimistic that the scale of the change will reap dividends.

“We’ve criticised the recruitment this year and said it wasn’t what it needed to be and that’s probably why we are where we are,” said Thornton.

“I’m quite positive in the way that I think and sometimes I think a step backwards can be a good thing. It’s given us the chance to look at other players and bring new players in.

“The fact we’re only keeping eight or nine of the existing squad shows that we’re looking to develop, grow and improve.

“I’m excited about next season but the proof will be come February time when these guys get out on the pitch. It’s all right me telling people what they’re going to do and what they’re going to deliver but the proof will be in the playing.

“I know it’s difficult for fans when we’re not signing big names or what people envisage as big names but I don’t think that’s important.

“It’s about the calibre of player and the calibre of person that you’re bringing in, and I’m confident they’ll come in with the right attitude.”

“The fans need to be patient with us in terms of recruitment but hopefully next season will be a really successful season for us.”