Johnson fills midfield gap

MILTON KEYNES Dons have added to their squad this week with the addition of central midfielder Richard Johnson.

The Dons have brought in the 30-year-old Australian international from QPR on a one-month loan, with a view to making the deal permanent if the player makes a good impression.

Said Stuart Murdoch: "I've known him since he came to this country as a 16-year-old. He is a competitive, strong forceful character with good experience, he can use the ball well, has a good long shot and I believe he will be a good addition to the squad in an area of the park where we are obviously depleted by the injury to Gary Smith.

"He's the type of character who will inspire those around him to work hard and not allow the same things to happen that have hurt us recently."

Johnson made 277 appearances for Watford in more than a decade at Vicarage Road, and also played for Northampton, Colchester and Stoke before moving to QPR.

Murdoch also revealed the club were hopeful of adding exciting Derby County defender Pablo Mills to the mix in the near future.

Said the manager: "I can confirm we've spoken to Derby and are discussing various options with them."