Martin wants trio to lock down their Dons future

Dons are eager to secure new deals for Surman, Kasumu and Sorinola

Friday, 19th March 2021, 9:43 am
Andrew Surman is out of contract at the end of the season

After tying down captain Dean Lewington for next season, contract negotiations are ongoing with several other players, Russell Martin confirmed.

The 36-year-old penned a new deal with the club to take him into his 20th campaign as a professional as he looks set to play his 800th game for the club tomorrow against Burton.

But with several other players out of contract at the end of the campaign, Martin said securing the future of players like Andrew Surman and Matthew Sorinola is still on the agenda, while a new deal for David Kasumu - who still has time remaining on his current deal - is also being spoken about.

"We’ve got a lot of young players who are massive for this football club and we have to secure the guys who are really important for us," said the manager. "We’re talking with David and we’re hoping Matty’s representatives engage in some sort of conversation.

"Andrew (Surman) doesn't need to be here for the money he is getting but wants to keep on playing. I would like to keep him, he's got a role and a space in our squad that really serves a purpose. But we'll have to get to the end of the season and see how he feels.

"We need to recognise people who really contribute to what we’ve got and not worry how it affects other people. You deserve recognition in football so we want to do it in the right way to help us and the player.

"The hardest thing in football is to perform and if you’re doing that and adding to our culture you deserve to be rewarded in our structure.

"We are underway with all that and we’ve had numerous meetings about recruitment moving forwards."