League 2 Play Off hopefuls AFC Wimbledon have secured a real coup with highly rated defender Ryan Sweeney signing a new deal to stay with the club according to Get West London.

The 18 year old Kingston Upon Thames born centre half will now remain with The Dons for the foreseeable future despite drawing attention from higher division clubs.

Sweeney joined The Dons as a youngster a decade ago and has graduated from the academy to the first team set up at Kingsmeadow making his senior debut in a League 2 fixture at Dagenham & Redbridge last April. The player has shown significant progress this season and has made nine appearances for Neil Ardley’s side.

The player’s rapid rise to first team football is understood to have been of interest to higher division clubs with Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United and Championship clubs Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town all thought to be monitoring Sweeney’s progress at Kingsmeadow.

Sweeney is eligible to play on the international stage with the Republic of Ireland and has already been called up for the Under 18s side while appearances for higher age groups are expected to be made by the player in the future.

The centre half has claimed that the offer of first team football was too much to turn down and Sweeney is thought to be delighted at signing a new contract with The Dons.

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