AFC Wimbledon have signed forward Corie Andrews from Kingstonian.

The former Crystal Palace prospect signs for the League One side having been top scorer for the K’s this season, with nine goals in 11 games.

The deal will also see Kingstonian host the Dons in a pre-season fixture.

Kingstonian boss Hayden Bird told the club’s website: “I’m obviously disappointed to lose such an important player. However, I know how much this means to Corie and I am absolutely thrilled for him.

“Not only is Corie a fantastic player but he is a fantastic lad. He is an example to every young player who has been released from a professional club and has the ambition to bounce back.”

He added: “I know the Kingstonian supporters will be sad to see Corie leave, therefore, it’s important for them to know that he has refused various offers to play in the National League to remain loyal to Kingstonian. Equally, as a club, we have done everything in our power to keep him.

“However, this is potentially a life-changing opportunity, and as I’m sure our supporters would agree, it would not be right to stand in his way. He’s been a pleasure to work with and I know he will have a fantastic career; he certainly deserves to.”

Mark Robinson, Wimbledon’s interim manager, told their website: “I have only seen Corie train a couple of times, and as he was signed before Saturday’s game, all I can say right now is what a fantastic opportunity the young man has been given.

“I look forward to seeing how he attacks the opportunity to forge a career at our club.”

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