NEAL Ardley has targeted EIGHT new signings in a massive summer overhaul at Kingsmeadow.
Skipper Mat Mitchel-King was among nine players shown the door by the AFC Wimbledon boss earlier this week after they escaped the League Two drop by the skin of their teeth.
Dons only have nine senior players tied down for next season, while they have also offered new deals to Luke Moore , Kevin Sainte-Luce and Charlie Strutton.
Boss Ardley has tabled terms to former Charlton keeper John Sullivan following a successful loan spell, and is scouring the market for other potential recruits.
He said: “We are planning to run with around 20 or 21 players next season.
“We feel it's better to run with a smaller squad with more quality rather than having 24 or 25 players.
“We have identified the types of players we want to bring into the football club and how they will fit into the dynamics of the squad we're trying to build.”
Ardley axed the majority of last season's defence in his clearout, with Mitchel-King, Pim Balkestein , Curtis Osano, Kelly Youga and Chris Hussey given the boot.
But the manager insists changes were necessary to a defence that leaked 76 goals last season – the most in League Two.
He added: “The table doesn't lie. All of the lads worked really hard for me but didn't fit the criteria we're looking for moving forward.”
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