Robbo’s confident contract trio will sign

Dean Lewington
Dean Lewington

Dons boss Karl Robinson is confident that Adam Chicksen, Dean Lewington and Ian McLoughlin will put pen to paper on contracts to keep them at stadium:mk next season.

Deals were offered to the trio before the end of the season, but while Dean Bowditch, Jon Otsemobor, Gary MacKenzie, David Martin and Shaun Williams have all had extensions announced by the club, fans are beginning to get nervous about the unsigned three.

Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe

It’s believed Lewington, Dons’ longest serving player, has already signed his contract but will await manager Robinson’s return this week before announcing it officially.

And on Twitter, goalkeeper McLoughlin wrote: “Looking forward to getting the contract sorted and get fit again in pre-season,” insinuating he too was likely to stay.

And speaking from Spain, Robinson was hopeful that all three would remain at the club next season.

He said: “Those three have had deals on the table for several months now, and we’re waiting to hear back.

“Sometimes these things can take a few hours, sometimes a lot longer. I’m confident that we’ll get all three signed for next season.”

One player whose future remains unclear though is striker Ryan Lowe.

The 34-year-old has had an up-and-down time during his first season at stadium:mk. After a slow start, he was heavily linked with a loan move to Tranmere before finding his feet, netting 11 goals for Dons.

But Lowe still lives up north and has hinted he’d be keen for a move closer to home, and it’s something Robinson is aware of.

“If we lost a motivated, happy Ryan Lowe, it’d be a huge loss to the club,” he said. “If we lose an unhappy Ryan Lowe, it wouldn’t hurt us as much.

“I know he’s a very family-orientated man, and his family are up north so it’s an obvious choice for him to want to play for a club closer to home.

“We’ve had our arguments in the past, but we have always come out the other side better people for it.

“I want our players to be within 45 minutes of Milton Keynes, on whatever form of transport they choose to come in on.”