Will Jaaskelainen targets longer AFC Wimbledon deal – South London News

New AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen is aiming to extend his stay beyond his initial one-month contract.

The Dons signed the 24-year-old shotstopper after Nathan Broome, 20, picked up a foot injury in the 2-1 EFL Trophy win against Aston Villa’s U21s.

Broome was missing from the 1-0 loss away to Stockport County last time out, and Johnnie Jackson told our paper that the former Stoke City keeper is expected to be out “for a couple of weeks.”

Jackson was forced to name 17-year-old academy goalkeeper Harry Griffiths on the bench for the trip to Edgeley Park.

Finland U21 international Jaaskelainen recorded 95 appearances in all competitions for the Railwaymen after joining in 2017. He was released in the summer and became a free agent.

Jaaskelainen, son of former Bolton and West Ham United keeper Jussi, will act as cover and competition to first-choice Nik Tzanev.

Speaking with Wimbledon’s media, the 24-year-old said: “It’s been really good [since signing] – I have really enjoyed it.

“I have gotten on well with the lads straight away, and Bayzo [goalkeeping coach Ashley Bayes] and the gaffer have been class with me as well.

“I was buzzing to get the call [from Wimbledon] and to come and train down here and to get the chance to sign on.

“This summer was a bit frustrating. I have just been keeping fit and waiting for my agent to get a phone call. Now it has come, so the frustration has gone.

“I’m here to help Wimbledon to get points and to play for Wimbledon. Hopefully, it [my spell] lasts longer than a month.


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