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Flanagan: I've proved myself

13 July 2012

At 6ft 3in tall it is sometimes easy to forget that Tom Flanagan is only 20 years old, especially after some of his recent performances.

Often regarded as fringe player prior to last season, Tom had a breakout year in 2011/12 making 25 appearances in the heart of a defence that was vital in the Club's promotion push.

And the former-Dons trainee felt he was worthy of the new contract handed to him by Robinson. He told mkdons.com: "I definitely feel I did enough last season to merit an extension. I really enjoyed last season and I'm now looking forward to hopefully two more years of playing a lot more games."

Despite being in the infancy of his career and surrounded by experienced faces such as Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Gary MacKenzie, the towering centre-half is looking to play more of a role in the forthcoming campaign.

"I was in and out of the team a bit more than I would have liked last year but that may have been because of my age and lack of experience. 

"But I don't think people can use that against me this year having played against teams like Charlton and Sheffield United last season so I think I've proved myself. My personal aim is to play more games than I did last season. I'll definitely be pushing to play around 30 - 40 games next year and I'll be working hard to make sure of that."

The Hammersmith-born defender chipped in with three goals last season, including two acrobatic efforts that a seasoned striker would have been proud of and Flanagan is hoping to add to his tally next year.

"It worked out well last year, which was a little bit to do with John (Gorman). He saw what we were doing, told us where to go and the ball seemed to keep falling for me which was nice. Hopefully if I stick to the plans that the guys downstairs set out and organise I can score some more."


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