Gueret: I was forced out of Dons

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WILLY Gueret will always be remembered as a Dons legend, but the charismatic goalkeeper never had a chance to properly say goodbye to the fans who adored him.

The 37-year-old Frenchman made his debut for Blue Square Premier outfit Kettering Town last week after leaving stadium:mk by mutual consent, six months before his contract expired.

Gueret played more than 100 times for Dons in his four years at the club, but was forced out of the side following the arrival of David Martin, and wasn’t even picked for the substitutes’ bench for most of this season.

He’ll best be remembered for his penalty save in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Grimsby in 2008, but his all-round passion for the game earned him hero status amongst the Cowshed faithful.

But despite being an ever-present between the sticks in Dons’ most successful period - including winning the League Two title - Gueret says his exit wasn’t his own making, and that he had no choice but to look elsewhere to prolong his playing career.

He said: “It’s hard to say what happened at Milton Keynes. All I know is that I was told that I had to leave. I have had a hard six months because I had trained hard but never really got a sniff.

“I believe I can play at a higher level but it’s done now. I just need to do my best for Kettering.”