Scunthorpe United recall Collins, leaving Ardley to deliver a rallying call to his troops

Streatham Guardian: Off: Michael Collins has been recalled by Scunthorpe United Off: Michael Collins has been recalled by Scunthorpe United

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has challenged his squad to deal with the loss of Michael Collins in their remaining League Two matches.

The 27-year-old midfielder’s contract with the club has been cancelled as his parent club, Scunthorpe United, have recalled him with immediate effect.

Collins, who joined on-loan in February until the end of the season in a deal which included a call-back option, started nine times for the Dons in a period where the side picked up a crucial 10 points.

Wimbledon now sit 17th, eight points clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining.

“Michael did a great job for us,” Ardley told the club website. “It was a pleasure to work with.

“He got stronger the more games that he had here and I hope he plays matches at Scunthorpe.

“We wish him all the best, but now it’s an opportunity for other players to prove their worth.”

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