AFC Wimbledon might be taking their first step into League One tomorrow but Jake Reeves reckons most of the squad already know what to expect.
The Dons travel to Walsall tomorrow for the opening game of the 2016/17 in what is their first fixture as a third tier club since their formation in 2002.
For Reeves though a trip to places like Walsall is nothing new.
However he won’t want to remember his League Cup defeat there with Brentford four years ago when he was sent off in a first-round exit to the Saddlers.
Reeves, who has just signed a new contract, was regarded as a promising talent at Griffin Park and has started to fulfill that promise since joining Wimbledon in January of last year.
He is just one of a number of Dons stars who have already played at this level.
Players like Paul Robinson, who scored the winning goal in the League One play-off final in 2010, will provide much-needed experience to a young team looking to progress.
Reeves is pleased to get his future sorted out before a ball is even kicked this season and says the Dons have nothing to fear as they prepare for their new adventure.
“The manager told me he wanted to give me a new contract and I’ve signed it so it’s good news,” Reeves told Dons Player.
“I can crack on with my football now. If I did not believe in what we are trying to achieve here I would not have signed.
“I did not get the rub of the green at other clubs, but since I came here the manager has given me that opportunity to play football. He has shown a lot of faith in me.
“Everyone who signs here knows the history of this club and what is expected of everyone. We’re going into a better league with better grounds to go to.
“We’ve got what we needed out of pre-season. Everyone is on the same page and the new boys are getting there as well.
“It’s unknown territory for the club as a whole but not for the players. Many of the players have been here before and the coaching staff have played higher.
“Hopefully it won’t be that much of a shock. For the players it should be fine, it might be a bit different for some of the fans going to new grounds.”
Reeves’ association with AFC Wimbledon goes way back to 2012 when he first pitched up at the club on a loan deal from the Bees.
Wimbledon have not disclosed the length of Reeves's new deal at Kingsmeadow.