Keeper is the final piece of the puzzle

Dons wait on David Martin.
Dons wait on David Martin.

Goalkeeper David Martin is the only outstanding player left on Dons’ out-of-contract list, then all the fun can begin again.

Antony Kay, Charlie Burns and Harry Hickford all signed new deals in the last week to keep them at the club into next season, leaving fans waiting on news of the shot-stopper.

Antony Kay and David Martin.

Antony Kay and David Martin.

Martin’s presence, or more his absence, last season was felt considerably last season as Dons snatched promotion to the Championship on a dramatic final day of the season.

The 29-year-old kept 21 clean sheets last season in his 47 appearances in all competitions, and with the departure of under-study Ian McLoughlin, is the only senior goalkeeper in manager Karl Robinson’s current arsenal.

Martin though is expected to sign on the dotted line and remain at stadium:mk for at least the forthcoming season, taking his second spell at the club into it’s sixth season.

With the core of Robinson’s squad now in place and ready to go, it at least gives the manager a settled unit to go forth and plug the gaps he knows he has to fill, and he believes he needs at least six players to do that.

The biggest holes in his side, assuming Martin does ink a new contract, form Dele Alli and Will Grigg shaped holes in vital areas of the pitch.

Samir Carruthers struggled to find a home in the side until Alli’s injury around February. Stepping into ‘the Alli role’ promoted the former Aston Villa man from lost-looking winger to midfield general in the space of 90 minutes against Sheffield United. From then, fears over Alli’s departure were somewhat quashed.

But Robinson will want another body in there, someone capable of doing the dirty work, while also putting in the box-to-box work that Alli did so effectively.

As for the striker situation, it’s a whole different kettle of fish, largely because there is no situation of which to speak.

An out-and-out striker has been something Robinson has spent five years searching for. His one diamond during his tenure was Sam Baldock, but he was sold in 2011, and a permanent replacement has been sought ever since.

Loan deals have come and gone - emphasis on gone - during that time with varying levels of success.

But while Benik Afobe and Patrick Bamford are likely to be out of range even for a Championship club, the chances of snagging Will Grigg, last season’s top scorer, from Brentford will still be favourable, if something hasn’t already happened on that front.

With Robinson currently enjoying a holiday, expect little in the way of transfer movement from MK1 until his return later this month.

His return though is usually met with a flurry of signature announcements, and pictures with the new kit, scarf and player out on the freshly mowed pitch. Right now, no news is just no news.