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Members of Parliament do not always get good press, but MP Robert Buckland’s name will go up in lights should a football hopeful land a dream move to the Dons.

Australian shotstopper Ben McNamara is currently sharing his cousin Buckland’s Westminster flat having flown in to the country on Wednesday in a bid to land a deal at Kingsmeadow.

The 23-year-old, in England for the first time in his life, has been offered a two-week pre-season trial after being recommended to AFC Wimbledon assistant Stuart Cash by a contact Down Under.

McNamara, who started his career with A-League side Newcastle Jets, has been in impressive form for New South Wales Premier League leaders Bonnyrigg White Eagles and attended last week’s pre-season fitness testing.

And, like any good goalkeeper, he is keen to grab his chance with both hands.

“Football has been on the up in Australia in recent years, but as there are only 12 teams in the top flight the opportunities are limited for goalkeepers,” he said.

“This is my first club in England. Seb Brown has played a lot of games in the last couple of years.

“That is something I want to push towards too and hopefully I can push him for the shirt.”

Callum McNaughton and Jason Prior are on course to make their comebacks from serious leg injuries in the early part of the coming campaign.

McNaughton should resume full training shortly with a view to an October first team return, while Jason Prior should be back before Christmas.

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