December 9 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Moore
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Pim Balkestein wants to take the Dons to the next level
AFC Wimbledon defender Pim Balkestein is looking to use this season in League Two to prove that he is capable of playing at a higher level.
The 25-year-old signed from League One side Brentford after falling out of favour with manager Uwe Rosler.
“I want to be up again in League One,” Balkestein told London24. “I hope to do this with Wimbledon or show other managers I can do that.
“All players want to play in a higher league.”
The Dutchman spent time on loan with the club last season but his return this year has been to a new-look side.
“We have to get used to it,” Balkestein added.
“We’re starting to click now and the manager is trying a new system.”
The Dons begin the season with a Capital One Cup tie against Stevenage and Balkestein is looking for a win to give them a boost in the league campaign.
“I think it’s really important,” he added. “If you can win or have a close game it’s good for your confidence.
“It’ll really push us on if we can get a good result.”
The Dons open their League Two campaign against Chesterfield on Saturday at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.