New player could be announced this weekend

Mk Dons Players 2011
Mk Dons Players 2011

A NEW face could be added to Dons’ squad as early as the weekend according to Karl Robinson.

His search for a right-back has been well documented since the departure of Danny Woodards in May and heightened following the injury to Mathias Doumbe in a pre-season friendly against Oxford United.

But while Adam Chicksen is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up on Saturday, Robinson said he heard some positive news on Wednesday night that could lead to a new signing being announced sooner rather than later.

He said: “We are always looking to add people. I seem to say this a lot, so we must have been a million miles from when you first started asking!

“All I can say is that I’m constantly on the phone, talking to managers, players and agents, some of which are out of our price range at the moment. It is frustrating at times but that’s life.

“But we are close, we had some good news the other night and I hope we can finalise the details over the weekend.

“I’ve spoken to two defensive minded players about coming here. I’m looking at two players, maybe three if I can sneak it past the chairman!”

First though, he and his players need to concentrate on a tough double-header in the south of England.

It was been hailed as the turnaround in Dons’ fortunes last season, and Robinson hopes that it will be the first of many away victories again as his side return to Exeter on Saturday.

The 1-1 draw at St James’ Park in January was just Dons’ fifth point on the road last term but sparked the beginning of a return to form and the push for the play-offs was made possible.

The sides meet much earlier this season though, with Dons taking on the Grecians in their first League 1 game away from stadium:mk, while Exeter will be looking to win on home soil after a draw away at Stevenage on opening day.

Dons boss Karl Robinson is keen to get back to winning ways on Saturday after his side also drew on opening day against Hartlepool United, but said he isn’t expecting an easy ride against a tough Exeter side.

“That was the game everyone looked at as the turning point last year,” said Robinson. “Our away form hadn’t been good up until that point.

“I remember making a double substitution with Jabo and Chaddy coming on, and he crossed for Jabo to equalise.

“But we didn’t perform well against them at stadium:mk, I thought we were poor.

“But we have a tough test on Saturday. Dunn, Noble and Sercombe in there are good players. They have a constant threat, a strong back four, it’s an intimidating ground to go to. We aren’t shying away from how hard a task it will be to win there on Saturday.

“We will be looking to break our duck away. Stevenage is a tough place to go, we drew there last year too, so it’s not an easy place to go.

“Exeter have a good manager and good players, and this league is as tough as it has ever been so there are no easy games.”