Well into his second season with AFC Wimbledon, versatile winger Scott Wagstaff feels like he has found the perfect fit.
He left Gillingham in the summer of 2018 having suffered a torrid time with injuries and moved back to South London, quickly becoming a fan favourite in his new surroundings.
“It’s been brilliant. I feel like this is my sort of club,” Wagstaff told Football League World in an exclusive interview.
“The fans have been brilliant to me since I’ve come here. It’s a really family orientated club and they’ve had to graft to get where they are now in the Football League.
“They’re punching well above their weight, but I just feel a real part of it and it’s a great club to play for.”
On his arrival at Kingsmeadow, Wagstaff penned a two-year deal. However, with that set to expire in the summer of 2020, he insists he has no desire to play anywhere else.
“They’re going to be, fingers crossed, going to the new stadium next year and hopefully I’ll still be here. I feel like I’m playing some really good stuff, especially last year, and hopefully I’ve taken that into this year.”
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Now aged 29, Wagstaff is a long way from the player who signed up for the Charlton Athletic academy at the age of eight.
Promotions with the Addicks and Bristol City, as well as nasty injuries with Gillingham, have given him plenty of experience in the game – both good and bad – and that is something he now feels ready to impart on his young Wimbledon teammates.
The average age of Glyn Hodges’ squad is just 23-years-old, with many progressing through the club’s thriving academy, and Wagstaff says he is now ready to start assisting those rising stars in their careers.
“The last two or three years I’ve obviously been getting older and more experienced and it’s been brilliant,” he said.
“Hopefully I can help the younger lads come through and if they ever need to speak to me I think they would be more than happy to do that.
“I’m not one to shy away from chatting to anyone and hopefully I can help the young players that we’ve got here because we’ve got a very young squad still and they’re still trying to learn.
“So hopefully I can do that from my experiences and the performances I put out on the pitch.”
As things stand heading into the weekend Wimbledon sit in 20th place, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, adding extra importance to Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.
Wagstaff himself has racked up four assists in 14 games this season and will undoubtedly be looking to add to that tally against the Seasiders.