AFC Wimbledon sign Cardiff City striker Jesse Darko on loan


League Two side AFC Wimbledon have completed the loan signing of Cardiff City youngster Jesse Darko.

The 19-year-old striker, who Dons boss Neal Ardley knows from his time at the Bluebirds' academy, joins on an initial one-month deal.

The Austrian-born player has not made a senior appearance for Cardiff.

"Jesse is very quick, has good movement and he works incredibly hard along the front line," Dons boss Neal Ardley told the club website.

"Importantly, he understands what I want the team to do and how I like us to press, so I do not think it will take him long to fit in."

Darko said he is excited by the move to Kingsmeadow and an opportunity to play first-team football.

"All season I have been trying to get out on loan and get first-team games under my belt," he said.

Peter Sweeney
Sweeney, who joined the Dons in January, could be out for at least six weeks out with a foot injury

"I am looking to do what I can for the team and help Wimbledon stay up.

"I worked with Neal Ardley for three years and he knows what I am like as a player. He knows that I will work hard for the team and do my best to help the club in this situation."

Meanwhile, Dons midfielder Peter Sweeney faces a spell on the sidelines after he suffered a suspected broken foot in Tuesday night's draw with Northampton.

The 28-year-old Scot has played in the last six matches after signing from League One Bury in January.

"Peter has gone for another X-ray. There is a strong suggestion that he has a fracture," said physio Mike Rayner.

"If it's confirmed, it would be a minimum of six weeks out."

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