Martin to discuss Agard's Dons future in the next few weeks

The striker has played once for Dons this season

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:26 am
Kieran Agard scored twice against Norwich U21s - his only appearance of the season

Kieran Agard's time at MK Dons is likely up this summer with discussions regarding his future to be held in the next few weeks.

Agard, Dons' third all-time leading scorer behind Izale McLeod and Aaron Wilbraham, has played just once all season, and only nine times in total since Russell Martin took over in November 2019.

Suffering a couple of long-term injuries this season too, while also falling down the pecking order at Stadium MK has left Agard as a bit of a forgotten man, and with his contract up at the end of the season, it is likely his brace against Norwich U21s in the Papa John's Trophy in December is his last action for the club.

Despite not playing, Martin heaped praise on Agard's attitude during the last 18 months and said he will talk with the striker in the next few weeks with regards to his future.

"He's been great for this club and we'll sit down in the next few weeks and have a discussion and we'll see where we're at after that," said Martin. "I cannot speak highly enough of Kieran for his professionalism, and how he has behaved when he's not involved.

"We've had a lot of conversations. He's a brilliant pro and a great guy. It would have been easy for him to get his head down and sulk a bit but he's never done that. He's been really unfortunate with injuries too since we took over. There are other things too – with the wage budget it has made things difficult for people, and he's one of those.

"We've had really good options up front too. Rhys and Carlton were on fire last season, we've got Cammy and Griggy this season, so Kieran has been unfortunate."

Agard is unlikely to be the only one leaving this summer, with the manager saying he wants to give players as long as possible to get their affairs in order for the start of next season.

He added: "There are players we need to talk to about next season to see how they feel, their thoughts and to see where we're at. I want to make sure the players who won't be here next season have plenty of notice and get told early enough. But we still have seven games left so that makes it difficult.

"Everyone has a chance to impress and prove themselves and prove they're up for improving themselves next season."