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O'TOOLE JOINS AFC WIMBLEDON ON LOAN
7th February 2024 0:19


O’Toole joins Wimbledon on loan
mansfieldtown.net, 1 Feb 2024 11pm

John-Joe O’Toole has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old’s first team opportunities have been limited this season due to injury.

Manager Nigel Clough said: “JJ wants to go out and play some games and we wanted to give him that opportunity.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2024/february/otoole-joins-wimbledon-on-loan

“He’s been restricted in terms of the number of games he’s been able to play this season.

“He’s done really well for us since coming to the club [in October 2022] but recently has been injury plagued.

“With Elliott Hewitt on the way back, I believe it’s an ideal time for him to go out and play.”

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Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Fri 2 Feb 2024

On John-Joe O'Toole joining AFC Wimbledon:
"It was a last minute one. Only came on 2 or 3 hours before the window closed.
"Initially because of the injuries, we thought no we can't really afford to.
"Then John-Joe said 'I've hardly played, I really need to get my career going'.
"I couldn't see him starting any games here between now and the end of the season.
"We've got Lewis Brunt, Baily Cargill, the news on Aden Flint was better than we were anticipating, we've got George Williams.
"So it was a case of let's be fair to everybody.
"And he's got an opportunity to get going and get playing.
"It was as much about being fair to him as anything."

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john-joe o'toole @johnjoeotoole
Delighted to sign for @AFCWimbledon , all the best to @mansfieldtownfc for rest of the season

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John-Joe is a Don!
Experienced utility man arrives

afcwimbledon.co.uk, By Chris Thorpe, 1 Feb 2024 11pm

The Dons have doubled our deadline day signing tally with the capture of John-Joe O’Toole on loan from Mansfield Town.

Joining on a deal until the end of the season, the 35-year-old is capable of playing in central defence and in midfield, boasting a career record of 524 senior games across the Football League.

https://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/news/2024/february/john-joe-is-a-don/

Born in Harrow, John-Joe began his career at boyhood club Watford - making 66 appearances for the Hornets - whilst also embarking on loan spells with Wealdstone, Sheffield United and Colchester.

The experienced midfielder signed permanently for Colchester in 2010, taking in a three-year spell in Essex as he racked up 76 games in their colours. Then came a move to Bristol Rovers, first on loan and then on a permanent basis. He went on to hit 15 goals in the 2013/14 season, earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two.

He activated his release clause to leave the club for free after they were relegated from the EFL, which in turn allowed him to join Northampton Town, where he would go on to become a cult figure.

John-Joe lifted the League Two title with the Cobblers in 2015/16, this saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year for a second time.

In 2019 he moved on to Burton Albion, playing 56 times for the Brewers before upping sticks to Mansfield in the summer of 2021.

Johnnie Jackson said: “We are delighted to welcome John-Joe to the group, his experience and versatility will be invaluable to us for the remaining games. He has been in successful teams at both this level and the one above, he knows what winning looks like.”

Head of Football Operations Craig Cope added: “John-Joe has a wealth of experience, he’s a winner and adds great value to our group for the remainder of the season.”

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Not the Top 20 podcast verdict, by Ryan Deeney

John Joe O'Toole (CB) - [Mansfield Town - AFC Wimbledon] - Loan
https://www.ntt20.com/p/efl-january-transfer-deadline-day-signings?r=1l2n8x&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

Nothing gets the blood pumping like signing a 35-year-old with six minutes of football under his belt this season.

AFC Wimbledon are in the battle for promotion so any additional nous can be important off the pitch as much as on it. However, many of a Mansfield Town persuasion believe O'Toole's legs have "gone", perhaps evidenced by his lack of game time this season and last.

Given Wimbledon's strength in numbers defensively, it remains unclear exactly where he will play. Experienced back-up and versatility, we suspect.

VERDICT: MEH

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