Dutch goalkeeper Kelle Roos, formerly of Willem II but on loan from Derby County, has helped AFC Wimbledon earn their highest place in English Football with a promotion to Sky Bet League 1.

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roos wimblRoos played in front of a 57,956 strong crowd at Wembley stadium in the playoff final on Monday and kept a clean sheet. The match was dominated by AFC Wimbledon, who have risen from the ranks of non-league to the third tier, with a penalty sealing a 2-0 victory over Plymouth. Roos was a steady presence in goal, making a couple of key saves to help his team earn a fantastic victory in the home of English Football.

Roos has been in fantastic form since joining in January, starting over twenty games. One of the key components in this run to the playoffs, and ultimately the final, was the end of season defensive form which saw Roos keep five clean sheets in six league games and then overcome a tight semi-final with Accrington Stanley, which ended 3-2.

Before the match, Roos said “It’d mean the world to me to win. That’s the dream to win trophies and this is our chance to win one. We’re going to be up for it.”

Having managed to achieve the promotion, Roos will be partying long into the night along with the rest of his AFC Wimbledon teammates in what is a truly remarkable rags to riches story for both the player and club.

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