Manager: Signing from Rangers arrived unfit and out of shape
By Harry Sykes
Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has revealed that Harry Forrester arrived from Rangers out of condition and not primed to play League One football.
The winger, 26, signed for the London club last month on a season-long loan after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pedro Caixinha.
Forrester left after being told by the manager to stay away from training and to find a new club as far back as June.
It meant he was not in the condition that his new club expected and he has been pencilled in to play for the second string against Bournemouth on Wednesday.
“Harry has not had much of a pre-season,” said Ardley, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “If you look at it, most of our players have six weeks to get close to it, but he has only been here two weeks.
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“Harry will play for Alan on Wednesday in their game and we will see where he goes. How hard he pushes himself in those games and in training will determine how quickly he gets his levels where he needs them to be.
“Certainly, with the way we want to try and play, we need quick, aggressive, and dynamic players and he needs to get fit to do that.”
Forrester became the 11th player to leave Ibrox this summer in what was a massive revamp of the playing squad.
The Aston Villa academy product was not included in any of the Gers’ opening matches of the 2017-18 campaign.
Forrester joined Rangers in the 2016 winter window and he made 44 appearances, scoring eight goals and providing three assists.