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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm has AFC Wimbledon loanee Tommy Wood's best interests at heart

Steve McKimm won’t be selfish when it comes to AFC Wimbledon loanee Tommy Wood.

The striker scored twice on a sparkling debut as Tonbridge won 3-0 at Oxford City in National League South last weekend.

Tommy Wood, right, scored twice on his Tonbridge debut at Oxford City Picture: David Couldridge
Tommy Wood, right, scored twice on his Tonbridge debut at Oxford City Picture: David Couldridge

He’s a player McKimm has tracked for some time but he’s not looking beyond the initial one-month loan as he wants to see him back in a Dons shirt.

“We take it month by month, there’s no point looking ahead of ourselves,” said the Angels boss.

“If we think we can keep him longer, and finances allow, it could be good for us and good for him. But if he does well in the month he could go back and play in League 1 again.

“I don’t work from a selfish point of view on loans. We try and pick the right ones who will give their all and earn their right to go back and play for their registered club.

“Ultimately, that has to be the aim for any player going out on loan, to get back playing for their club.

“He’s got the bit between his teeth and hopefully we can help him with that.

“If anything goes on after the month, then we’ll take a view on that, but we just want him to have a good month, score some goals and put himself back in the shop window for League 1.”

Wood scored in either half and also earned the penalty, converted by Joe Turner, as Tonbridge were rewarded for what McKimm felt was one of their most complete performances of the season.

“We watched him last year but he ended up going to Slough and he had a good spell at Leatherhead this season,” said McKimm.

“I tried to get him in January but he wasn’t available because he was back in the first team after his good run of goals at Leatherhead.

“We knew he was a good player and he’s started like a house on fire.

“He holds it up, he can run the channels, he scores goals, he’s an all-round good lad. It was a dream debut for him and for us.”

Tuesday night’s rearranged home game against Hampton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tonbridge, who are outside the bottom two on goal difference, visit Dulwich this Saturday.

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