STACY Long has revealed he snubbed the chance to remain in League One to join AFC Wimbledon.

Dons boss Terry Brown swooped to bring the midfielder to Kingsmeadow this week following his release from Stevenage.

And the 27-year-old insists he doesn't see his move to Wimbledon as a backwards step despite dropping down to League Two.

He said: “I had other offers on the table and could've stayed in League One, but when I spoke to the manager he promoted the ambition of the club.

“It's nice to be coming to a club who are going in the right direction and looking to push on next season.”

Brown tried to sign the former Charlton trainee three years ago, only for the creative midfielder to opt for Stevenage instead.

Long went on to make 84 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, helping them to back-to-back promotions from the Conference and League Two.

And he sees no reason why the Dons can't follow in Stevenage's steps and make the jump to League One.

He added: “It's about hard work and having the right mentality.

“The standard is slightly better but if the players have the belief anything is possible.

“We've shown that at Stevenage over the years and it's very possible to do that here as well.”

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