Martin keen to keep Grigg beyond his loan spell

"He's one we'd love with us long term"

Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:32 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:34 am
Will Grigg
Will Grigg

Russell Martin has reiterated his desire to keep Will Grigg beyond his loan spell from Sunderland.

The 29-year-old returned to the starting line-up or Dons on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers - their fourth in a row. While Grigg didn't find the net, he forced keeper Louis Jones into three key saves to deny him before Daniel Harvie scored the winner 14 minutes from time.

With only Charlie Brown the only striker contracted to the club for next season, Martin will have to strengthen his frontline this summer. With Grigg's future at the Stadium of Light unclear, the Dons boss said he was keen to keep the striker as he praised his all-round game against Doncaster.

"He's one we'd love with us long term," said Martin. "Griggy was brilliant and deserved a goal (against Doncaster). His link-up was fantastic, the way he brought others into the game, the way he pressed and made it predictable for the rest of our team – he's a real team player and a really clever player. I was really impressed with him today.

"The chances weren't clear-cut, his movement in the box is brilliant and that's why he's scored so many goals in his career. He's been unfortunate not to play recently because we've had to change shape and Cammy has done so well."