Smith ready for three-year deal

Gary Smith is expected to commit his future to Wimbledon by signing a three-year deal in the coming days.

Speaking on Monday, the highly-rated midfielder said: "We've more or less sorted things out. My agent has spoken to Stuart (Murdoch) and they shook hands over the phone so it's just a case of me signing. I'm going home today so it will be after that. I think it's a three-year deal."

And relegation has not dampened his enthusiasm to remain a Don: "I'm not worried about playing in Division Two.

"If I'm good enough I'll work my way back up anyway but I've been so happy playing my football since coming to Wimbledon I just want to keep playing first team football."

Murdoch, while hopeful, remained more circumspect: "I've learnt this season that nothing's done until it's done, but there has been a lot of progress with Gary Smith and I have been encouraged by developments."

If Smith does sign, Wimbledon fans will be hoping for a domino affect.

Continued the manager: "Players are out of contract and we have to work hard to re-sign them. There are players whose contracts we won't be able to match so they automatically become free agents. We have to cut our cloth accordingly but I think one or two might want to stay. I'm very hopeful Mark Williams will be with us next season."

The players have a week off now but work will continue behind the scenes.

Murdoch concluded: "Contracts aren't out until the 30th June but I would like to start pre-season on the first of July knowing exactly what my squad is."