CHRIS BUSH was shocked to be given the boot from AFC Wimbledon.
The former Brentford defender was released yesterday as part of a summer clearout by Dons boss Terry Brown.
Bush was deemed surplus to requirements at Kingsmeadow despite making 28 appearances last term as he shared the left-back spot with Gareth Gwillim.
Gwillim was also shown the door on ‘Black Tuesday’ and Bush admits he was surprised Brown was willing to let both of his full-backs leave the club.
“It came as a bit of a surprise to be honest,” he said. “I was told a couple of months ago that I was being kept on and we would assess the situation again in pre-season.
“Obviously, when it came down to it I wasn’t what he [Brown] wanted and those last two games against Barnet and Shrewsbury weren’t what he wanted to see.
“I was shocked that me and Gareth [Gwillim] both got released, I thought they would’ve at least kept one of us but the manager knows what he is doing for next soon.
"He said the decision wasn’t taken over the course of the season, it was taken recently."
“I’m disappointed but it gives me the chance to go out and get some games and hopefully pursue my career again.”
Bush rejected the chance to stay with the Bees last summer to join Brown’s men and says he has enjoyed his debut season in the Football League despite it ending in disappointment.
“I enjoyed it this year, it was my debut season in the Football League and I played more than 20 games,” he added. “I’ve had some good points and low points like scoring the own-goals but it has been a good season.
“Beating Scunthorpe away in the FA Cup was my highlight. They were in the league above us and we took everything they gave us and got the goal.
"I was involved in setting up the goal as well so that was a special moment.”
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