KARL Robinson has revealed that Peter Leven chose to see out his Dons contract and leave on a free transfer, despite the offer of a new two-year deal being on the table.
The 27-year-old enjoyed three good seasons at stadium:mk, making 105 appearances and scoring 22 goals after moving from Chesterfield in 2008. But after being offered a contact on May 20, the former Glasgow Rangers and Kilmarnock man decided not to sign and play his football elsewhere next season.
Although disappointed to be losing the midfielder, Robinson said Leven goes with his best wishes, and that he’ll even help him find another club if he wants.
He said: “I think the world of Peter Leven – he’s been a great servant to this football club. But it’s one of those moments in football that you don’t always like and I’m sure he’s thinking the same.
“We had to act very quickly (in signing Darren Potter) because we didn’t know what position we’d be in, and of course Stephen Gleeson is staying as well.
“When you give someone a new contract, there is an expiry date on it. But in the meantime I had to prepare the club in the best way by going and looking for new players.”
Leven’s exit has been somewhat overshadowed by the farcical conclusion to Sam Baldock’s proposed transfer to Peterborough. But now the dust has started to settle, Robinson is keen to focus on the positives – that being that last season’s top scorer will remain at stadium:mk next term.
“I’m over the moon to keep Sam. It’s almost like a new signing, because you’re getting a very hungry young player who wants to be successful.
“It’s a wonderful day for us. You do have to start listening seriously, because it (the transfer fee) has a massive influence on the football club.
“The chairman did the best by the club as he always does, and then it was down to Sam to decide his own future – and that was that he is best to stay here at MK Dons.”