Bamford open to another Dons loan deal

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Patrick Bamford hasn’t ruled out another loan spell with MK Dons next season.

The 19-year-old scored his third goal in for the club to make it 2-0 against Colchester on Tuesday night, and has been heavily praised by manager Karl Robinson for his contributions since returning to fitness in March.

But with Dons looking likely to stay in League 1 next season, Bamford may be loaned out to a Championship side next term, though he said he’d be open to another spell with Dons

“We’ll have to see what happens at the end of the season,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind coming back here, but we have to see what Chelsea say.

“I hope to get a good pre-season in with the first team again, and then we’ll take it from there.

“I want to keep pushing myself and play at the next level. I thought MK Dons were going to get promoted, and they still can to be fair, but we’ll have to see what happens.

His goal 12 minutes from time, latching onto a slide-rule pass from Luke Chadwick, to double the lead settled the score at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday night after Colchester battled hard to get level.

And the striker felt that the second goal settled Dons for a well-earned win.

He said: “I think in end we deserved the victory. We rode our luck a bit in the first half, and Ian made some good saves to keep us in it.

“To get in 1-0 up at the break was vital for us, and the second goal settled it and we played out for the win.

“It has been good recently. I put pressure on myself as I looked to score that first goal and now I’ve got a few it has helped settle me down. I think I’ve got three now, so it’s good, especially as I’m a striker!”

And while there is still a chance of a play-off spot, Bamford says the mood among the players has been like a roller coaster in recent weeks.

“We’ve been up and down really,” he said. “Every time we win, we think we can make it, but then we screw it up, think we’re out of it and then we go and win again, like we did here. It’s out of our hands now, but someone’s looking down on us! We’ll see what happens on Saturday.

“I think Scunthorpe are still fighting to stay up, but Stevenage haven’t really got anything to play for, which can work against you sometimes. But they will be tough matches.”