AFC Wimbledon has confirmed that goalkeeper Alex Bass will remain at the club for the rest of the season after his loan recall window ended.
The 25-year-old joined the Dons on loan from parent club Sunderland this summer, making a total of 26 appearances for the League Two side.
Announcing the news via social media, the club said they were “delighted” that the keeper will remain at Plough Lane for the rest of the campaign, with Johnnie Jackson’s side in 10th place and three points behind bitter rivals MK Dons in seventh.
Bass has kept nine clean sheets in the league this season, putting him just one behind the leaders in the Golden Glove contest. Stockport County‘s Ben Hinchcliffe, Mansfield Town‘s Christy Pym and Gillingham‘s Jake Turner are currently tied for the lead of the pack.
Wimbledon have made two January transfers already, with Joe Lewis and John-Kymani Gordon signing, with the latter on a half-season loan from nearby Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the club after their 2-0 loss to Wrexham, manager Jackson hinted at further transfer business this window, saying: It’s obvious that we need some bodies. With Josh Neufville being out and the two boys (Ali Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel) being away, we haven’t got a striker on the bench. You want to be able to make the changes off the bench that can go and impact the game.
“It is what it is – we’ll work hard this week to see what we can do. The boys have got to rest up, they gave everything out there today, they didn’t get what they deserve or what the supporters who travelled in their numbers deserved.”
Keeping Alex Bass at the club was probably never in doubt, but having confirmation that he will stay for the rest of the season is welcome news for Wimbledon fans. He is a very solid keeper at this level, impressing both at Plough Lane and in his previous spell at Bradford City. Having consistency in the backline can only be a good thing as the matches continue to come thick and fast.
Whilst the defence is stable, the issue upfront is a vital one for the next few weeks. Both Ali Al-Hamadi and Omar Bugiel are away representing their countries at the Asian Cup, leaving the Dons paper thin in depth there. The solution seems to be John-Kymani Gordon, who didn’t really click in the division above at Cambridge United. A drop-down in leagues could be the difference maker for the 20-year-old’s fortune with a team that seems to score for fun on its day.