CHARLIE MacDonald wants to be the man to fire Dons into the Championship.
Since signing from Brentford, the striker has been ruthless in front of goal, netting three times in as many games as Dons have maintained their unbeaten start to the League 1 campaign.
And the 30-year-old says he’s determined to help Dons achieve promotion and wants to be the club’s top scorer in the absence of Sam Baldock, who he replaced just before the transfer window.
“All the boys have the belief and every squad member is at this club for success,” he said.
“You want to win trophies, and win leagues and I’m no different to anyone else. There’s still a long way to go but we’re up there and there to be shot at.”
MacDonald signed for the club less than three weeks ago, but feels as though he has settled in with well his new team-mates and with their unique style of play which has earned plaudits from up and down the country so far this season.
“I’ve settled in really well and the lads have made me feel really welcome here,” he said. “And it’s nice to be playing regular football again, especially in a team that is playing such free flowing football and winning games – you couldn’t ask for anything else.
“Playing against Dons in the last few seasons showed me what a good side they are and how they like to keep the ball on the ground and play an attractive style. That made me want to come here.
“Everyone wants the ball, the man in possession always has options, and no-one is scared to have the ball.
“There is a great belief in what the gaffer wants us to do here, it’s enjoyable to watch and great to play in. If you’re comfortable on the ball in general, and you have options around you, then it makes things very easy.
“Nobody hides and everyone wants the ball – so it’s easier for the man in possession.”
But while he currently thrives in the Dons side, it could have been a very different story for MacDonald had Dons’ transfer offer come in any later.
Karl Robinson’s bid came at the 11th hour for the frontman who admits that he was on the verge of signing for another League 1 rival before the bid was lodged – and then there was only one place he had his heart set on.
“I was very close to agreeing terms with another club,” he said. “I was waiting on the two sides to confirm the money and contract, but as soon as my agent got a call from the boss it was a no-brainer and it was always going to be MK Dons.”
With three goals coming in his three games, and a huge hand in setting another up, MacDonald couldn’t have wished for a better start to his career at stadium:mk, and hopes it can continue.
“It’s brilliant. As I joked at the weekend, the goals have come to about seven yards in total for all three. But it just shows you the creativity and the passing from the other players around me in the team, putting in good quality balls for me to get on the end of.
“I’ve always been known as a box player – it’s where I’ve scored a lot of my goals.
“I don’t really score outside the 18 yard box, but I’m that sort of player. I never set myself targets. If chances are created for me, I know I can score, and hopefully that will keep happening.”