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Joe Pigott returns to the Dons with Bristol City, Luton and Pompey watching on

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What would be your feelings if you were an AFC Wimbledon supporter? Striker Joe Pigott reached the end of his three-year contract at Plough Lane this summer.

The 6ft2′ centre forward said it was the “toughest decision” of his career to not extend his time with the Dons and his now without a club, but mired in interest following a fruitful 2020/21 season when he scored 20 goals in 45 league games.

The wanted striker is on the radar of Bristol City – although the Robins are looking at other forwards first – and several other Championship sides, including Luton Town reportedly where he was once on loan, while Sunderland are said to be trying to tempt the player north with a lucrative contract offer.

The 27-year-old has returned to his former side to embark on pre-season training and will use the facilities at the King’s College London New Malden Sports Ground along with the rest of the League One side squad.

Dons boss Mark Robinson has confirmed the return and he told the South London Press that the arrangement was just a short-term one.

“Joe is training with us – he wants to keep himself fit. He asked if he could train with us and I had absolutely no issues,” said Robinson.

“Some people might think that is a bit bizarre, but he scored 60 goals for us and was a huge part of keeping is up for three seasons. He is part of the family.

“As long as he turns up and gives everything, which he does, then I see absolutely no issue. I’m more than happy to help him on that journey.

“To have that quality in and around for pre-season is a no-brainer. It is purely just doing him a favour to keep him fit and sharp,” explained Robinson.

Pigott remains a wanted man as several clubs and players weigh up their options. The Robins have the former Charlton Athletic youth team player on a list of strikers they are interested in and have even held talks with Pigott’s camp last month.

But Rotherham forward Michael Smith is understood to be a higher priority transfer target and City are being patient to see what opportunities arise in this window.

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