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Sunday, 28 May, 2000, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Spurs sign Sullivan
Neil Sullivan
Neil Sullivan has quit the Dons to join Spurs
Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has ended months of speculation by signing for Tottenham Hotspur.

And he has vowed to relegate former England goalkeeper Ian Walker to the Tottenham bench after agreeing a move to White Hart Lane.

The Scotland international joins Spurs on a Bosman free transfer on a contract thought to be worth around 24,000 a week.

He leaves relegated Wimbledon after 16 years.

Sullivan said: "I want to be top choice - what's the point of me signing a contract to sit on the bench?
Walker is set for a battle to keep the no1 jersey
Walker is set for a battle to keep the no1 jersey

"I've been made no promises and I know if I let in goals I'll be out.

"But I hope I will be given the first chance.

"Ian will want my job and I want his. But I'm going there because I want to be the Tottenham goalkeeper.

"I had three or four offers from different clubs but Spurs were the ones who impressed me most and I can't wait to play for them next season."

Challenging for honours

Sullivan is predicting a bright future for Spurs after several uninspiring seasons which has seen their fans getting increasingly restless at the club's apparent unwillingness to spend money and boost their competitiveness.

He said: "It looks like Tottenham are going places.

"They've just splashed out 11million on a striker and I want to be a part of it.

"By apparently signing Sergei Rebrov and persuading Sol Campbell and Darren Anderton to stay, it looks like we can challenge next year."

I want to be top choice - what's the point of me signing a contract to sit on the bench?

Neil Sullivan

Sullivan admits to a sense of sadness at leaving Wimbledon but is upset that fans have accused him of disloyalty at deciding to quit Selhurst Park.

"I'm 30 and as much as I love Wimbledon, I couldn't turn down a big club for them.

"I had been at Wimbledon for 16 years and given them everything. But I have to be fair to myself and my family to achieve the most I can in football.

"It's a kick up the backside in a way because I'll be in a good team full of ambition and potential. It's a massive chance for me and it's what I've always dreamed of."

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