NEW signing Dean Bowditch is ready to lead the line for Dons next season as he aims to fire the club into the Championship.
The 25-year-old completed his free transfer from Yeovil Town on Monday evening – the first of several summer signings to come according to manager Karl Robinson.
Last season saw Bowditch net 15 goals for Yeovil, including one at stadium:mk in Dons’ 3-2 win over the Glovers, as he took home the mantle of top scorer at Huish Park.
But now Bowditch is hoping to score even more next season for his new club.
“At Yeovil, I think I should have scored more goals,” he said. “Last season was my best in football, and I want to improve upon that.
“I want to score more goals and by coming to MK Dons I believe I can improve, both in terms of my general play, and goals.
“I think coming to a club like this – with the players who are already here and with the style of football that they play – the team should be able to create more chances for myself and the other strikers at the club. So hopefully I’ll score more.”
Robinson proudly boasted on Monday that he had beaten off a number of other clubs to the striker’s signature.
And Bowditch admitted that there were others interested in his services for next season, but that Robinson and assistant John Gorman convinced him that MK was the right place for him to thrive.
“There were a few other clubs involved, but the ambition of this club and the people that are here made me feel so welcome, and it’s all about playing regularly and performing well,” he said.
“When I first came to speak to the gaffer and John, I was blown away. It was a no brainer for me really.
“It’s a step up from where I was with Yeovil, and hopefully I can come here and make a difference to the club.”
And after his most prolific goal-scoring season, the forward is preparing to improve upon his record in his first season at stadium:mk.
“The manager wants me to come here and play and express myself,” said Bowditch. “They haven’t set me any targets yet, I just need to settle and relax and enjoy an injury free season.”