AFC Wimbledon suffered a blow to their League One hopes at the start of the month when midfielder Jake Reeves opted to head north to Bradford in search of a fresh challenge, leaving manager Neal Ardley short in the middle.
Reeves spent two solid years with the Dons following a switch from Swindon, and the former Brentford youngster begins a fresh challenge in Yorkshire ready for a crack at the promotion places.
Ardley moved quickly to replace Reeves, and has brought long serving Millwall man Nadjim Abdou to Kingsmeadow ahead of the season opener at Scunthorpe next month.
The Comoros international has been with the Lions since 2008, making 290 league appearances just 9 long years with the club.
Manager Neil Harris cannot afford the opportunities the 33 year old deserves now the club are back in the Championship after play off victory, and feels a loan move to the third tier is the perfect opportunity for Abdou to prolong his long career in the English game.
Abdou and Reeves are in a similar mould, patrolling the midfield with an air of authority about their play, but Abdou possesses much more experience than his younger counterpart, which could prove vital for the Dons.
The club have legs in other area of the midfield which will make up for the fact that Abdou’s engine is not at the capacity that it used to be, and the injection of a calm, experienced head could prove a masterstroke by Ardley.
Abdou has a lot to prove to Millwall having been ostracised from their Championship campaign, and has the perfect opportunity to prove his worth in south west London.