Sainte-Luce commits to Dons
Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:14:00
Dave Jones is readying himself for a 'manic' summer at Sheffield Wednesday, with plenty of comings and goings expected.
The Owls boss is prepared to admit that he will be letting players leave in order to free up funds and space in his squad for additions.
Everyone in the Hillsborough camp will, however, be given every chance to prove their worth and will be treated with the utmost respect whether they stay or go.
David Prutton and Giles Coke have shown what can be achieved with a bit of patience - having seemingly been out of favour only to then earn new deals.
Jones has pointed to the pair as examples to the rest of his players, with it up to them to prove that they are deserving of a future at Wednesday.
He said in the Sheffield Star: "My priority is to get the players ready for the start of the season and make sure we get the right players out.
"In the next few weeks it's going to be manic because now it really starts."
Jones says 'not that many' players will be leaving, but concedes: "I will be looking at getting people out, as otherwise we'll be overloaded in certain areas and it enables me to bring in those players I am targeting.
"But the players here are our players and will be treated with the respect they deserve.
"If moves for any of them don't materialise, they're still under contract to us. And look what happened with Cokey and Pruts.
"We let them out on loan and were looking to offload them, all of a sudden they got an opportunity here and they staked their claim. That's because they kept themselves mentally and physically fit."
The winger, who was born in Guadeloupe but raised in Paris, made a big impression at Kingsmeadow after joining the club in January and chipped in with two goals in his 14 appearances last season.
Dons boss Neal Ardley brought Sainte-Luce through Cardiff's academy when he was in charge of the youth set-up at the Bluebirds and he is delighted to have secured the 20-year-old's future.
"When we signed Kevin I thought his fitness might be an issue after the season he had up until that point but in fits and starts he put in some good performances," Ardley told the club's official website.
"Hopefully, with a good pre-season under his belt we will have a really good asset on our hands."
Sainte-Luce added: "I was really impressed with the Wimbledon support when I joined and I was determined to put in good performances for the club.
"My favourite moment was when I scored my first goal at Dagenham & Redbridge because it was an important goal and it helped the team out at a tough time.
"I have enjoyed my time so far at Wimbledon and I am happy to have signed a new contract."