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1213 burnley luke oneill 01 300x400Having been released by Gillingham at the end of last season, right-back Luke O’Neill has today signed for AFC Wimbledon to remain in League One next season.

He’s been playing at that level for five years now, firstly on loan at Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient while at Burnley and then for the last four years, two seasons each, at Southend and Gillingham, something that help persuade the Dons to sign him.

Manager Wally Downes said:  “Luke has got a very good delivery and he’s played a lot of games at this level. He is very good going forward. He was on our database and Luke is an older player (than Toby Sibbick who has just left the club), he has a bit more experience and that will certainly help us out at times with the young group that we’ve got. He knowledge of the game and his know how about when to play the right ball will be invaluable to us.”

O’Neill, now 27, is delighted with his choice of club. “There were a few clubs interested in me, but this one worked out best for me and my family,” he said. “It’s a family club. Hopefully I can have a good career here and the club moving to a new stadium was also a factor.”

O’Neill was a Burnley player for three years. He signed in the summer of 2012 but made just two first team appearances. He was in the team that beat Plymouth on penalties in the League Cup soon after he had moved to Turf Moor from Mansfield, and at the end of that season he came on in stoppage time for Kieran Trippier to notch his one and only league appearance for us.

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