In deciding to swap recently-relegated Exeter City for Stevenage, James Dunne became one of manager Gary Smith‘s summer signings in 2012. It ensured he stayed in League One, while his former charges had to rebuild in the division below. The move reunited him player with Smith; the two having worked together while at Wimbledon. And it was also to be a signature that added yet more bite to the Boro’. As we moved into its new era under Smith, Dunne was an acquisition that the club were delighted to make.
James Dunne: Before Boro’
Dunne started on youth terms at Wimbledon, before being given the chance to move onto Arsenal in 2004. He remained with the Gunners for five years; signing a professional deal in 2007. He didn’t get any first team game time, however, and he moved on to Exeter City in 2009. During his time in the south west, Dunne made more than 100 appearances and scored a handful of goals along the way.