Dons’ contract talks on hold

  • Players’ futures to be decided in the summer
  • Players out of contract: David Martin, Dean Lewington, Lee Hodson, Antony Kay, Dean Bowditch
  • Players in final year with an option: Daniel Powell, Jordan Spence, Ian McLoughlin, Tom Flanagan

Nine of MK Dons’ first team are out of contract in the summer, but Karl Robinson won’t commit to negotiations until he knows what league they’ll be playing in next season.

Skipper Dean Lewington and goalkeeper David Martin are among the top stars whose deals expire at the end of the current campaign.

Daniel Powell is one of the players out of contract this summer

Daniel Powell is one of the players out of contract this summer

Daniel Powell and Jordan Spence are among four players with options in their contracts which the club may, or may not, wish to take up.

But with Dons in the thick of a promotion fight, Robinson has confirmed that negotiations won’t start with the players on the brink until the season is over.

“Not 100 per cent in relation to speaking to players” he said. “We don’t know where we’re going to be, financially or in what league.

“Looking at the Walsall game, 75 per cent of that squad weren’t going to be at the club next year as the contracts stand right now.

“I understand people questioning it, but we cannot commit and we don’t know where we’re going to be.

“There have been conversations with agents, discussing where we want to go.

“But for as much as we can tell them, we’re fully focussed on getting out of this league.

“After that, we’ll concentrate on the players’ careers and their futures.”

But with Dons sitting fourth in League 1, four points from the second automatic promotion spot, currently occupied by Preston North End, they are still right in the fight.

And with that in mind, Robinson is keen to remind the players out of contract that leaving a recently promoted club will add to their desirability, should they depart in the summer.

He said: “The players need to realise even if some of them aren’t here next season, leaving a club that has just been promoted looks a lot better on your CV than leaving one that hasn’t.

“Everyone’s sole goal will be to get us out of this league.”