AFC Wimbledon have bolstered their squad ahead of their first season in the Football League with the acquisition of Gareth Gwillim from Dagenham & Redbridge.
Gwillim, who reached an agreement with Dagenham to terminate his contract, has signed on a one-year-deal with the Dons with an option of a further year depending on performances in the coming campaign.
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, making 20 appearances and helping the club win promotion through the Blue Square Premier play-offs whilst on loan.
Gwillim found his opportunities limited at Dagenham under John Still, and admitted the lure of playing regular football was the main reason behind the switch.
Speaking to the Surrey Herald, he said: “I did the first three days of pre-season training with Dagenham and then they were kind enough to let me go – it wasn’t working out.
“They said I could have stayed so they didn’t want me to go but they [Dagenham &
Redbridge] understand that I want to play football.”
The defender is now waiting on confirmation from the FA before he can officially call himself an AFC Wimbledon player.
“After being a part of what happened last season, I really wanted to be a part of the first season in the league,” he said.
“All the paperwork and everything has been sent over to the FA so it is just a matter of the registration being cancelled and everything getting switched over to here.
“I have signed a deal and we are literally just waiting for it all to go through so we can announce it.”