No new boy blues for Green

Danny Green
Danny Green

Danny Green slotted straight back into the Dons fold at his first day of training on Tuesday like he’d never been away.

The 25-year-old winger played five times for Dons last season while on loan from Charlton Athletic, and made a permanent move to stadium:mk in May.

And during his first training session after a summer break, he said it felt like he’d never been away.

“It was a massive influence, knowing the lads already. They’re really good guys, and the staff are great, so it made it easy. Instead of going to meet new people at a new club, I didn’t feel like the new guy, I feel like I’ve been here ages!”

While other clubs were interested in him, Green admitted as soon as he knew Dons and Karl Robinson were interested, he knew where he wanted to be next season.

He said: “It was a very easy decision to come back here. There were a few clubs that said they were interested, but I just wanted to come here straight away.

“I signed pretty much on the same day we had talks.”

After being recalled by Charlton when his loan deal with Dons expired at the end of September 2013, Green went on to play 15 times for Charlton in the Championship, while Dons disappointing season took them to 10th in League 1.

Taking a step down a division though, Green, who won League 1 with the Addicks, knows all too well how tough it is to get promoted from the third tier.

“League 1 is a tough league,” he said. “Luckily, I won it at Charlton, but it’s a hard place to be and get out of. You’ve just got to get results no matter how you play, and if we can do that, we’ll be on the right path.

“There are some great young players here, like Dele Alli who everyone knows about now.

“As long as we can keep players like that, then we’ll be in an ideal place.”

Green was welcomed back to the squad with some heavy fitness work with his new team-mates - something the winger was the worst part about being back.

He said: “No-one likes it. Everyone hates the running! Everyone gets nervous about it, but it’s just one of those things where you have to grin and bear it and do your best.

“That’s what pre-season is for. You don’t have to come back as fit as you can be.

“As long as everyone tries hard, we’ll be ok.”