Dons' production line has to keep offering up talent for Martin's first team

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A trio of academy products have been offered senior contracts this season

The tunnel area at Stadium MK boasts a whole host of academy shirts to have made the MK Dons first team, and manager Russell Martin hopes to put more shirts up on the wall.

George Williams, Callum Brittain, Sam Nombe and David Kasumu are regulars on a Saturday, having come through the academy system at the club - the latter of the two, along with Matthew Sorinola, have signed new contracts to remain MK Dons players.

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Martin is no stranger to having working relationships with youngsters - he developed friendships with both Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson while playing at Norwich City, before signing them on loan as their manager in January.

And with the likes of Sorinola waiting in the wings for their opportunity next, Martin hopes the production like at Stadium MK continues to offer him up talent.

He said: "Long term, we want to produce academy players and reward them as and when they deserve it to become first-team players.

"If a player is good enough, they're old enough. That has to continue at this club. We've tried to reconnect with the academy, working together with them to all be on the same page. I'm not asking them to all play in the same way, but to have players ready to come into the squad to play the game we want to play.

"Clubs at this level have to promote young players and hopefully we can continue doing that."