Striker Nicky Maynard offered Dons deal

Nicky Maynard
Nicky Maynard

Striker Nicky Maynard has been offered a deal to join MK Dons, manager Karl Robinson has revealed.

The 28-year-old has been training with Dons for the last week following his release from Cardiff City in the summer.

Dons are having trouble scoring goals at the moment, with neither Sam Gallagher nor Simon Church getting off the mark after six Championship matches and two rounds of the Capital One Cup.

Both Maynard and former Watford striker Tommy Smith have been training with Robinson’s squad in a bid to regain fitness, but it’s the former Bristol City man that Robinson is keen to keep.

“We’d like to do a deal with Nicky Maynard,” he confirmed. “It’s now his decision - or his agent’s decision. We’ve spoken to his agent, and we’ll have to wait and see what comes back.

“We spoke to him on Thursday, so hopefully we’ll get a response today (Monday). Maybe he’ll go and find something else instead.

“But I really like Nicky as a person. Sam Allardyce spoke very highly of him. He’d be a nice one to bring in, but there are others I’d like to bring in too.”

But bringing in another striker is proving to be a difficulty for Robinson and his recruitment team, thanks in large part to the lack of financial backing available to the Dons boss.

He said: “I’ve never known it to be like this. It’s as hard as I’ve ever known to bring players in. To find better players than I’ve already got is going to cost me money.”