No rest for the wicked in Dons’ player search

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

It may be the off-season, but Dons boss Karl Robinson hasn’t been taking any time off as preparations for the Championship begin in earnest.

Only two players have been released from the squad which secured promotion to the second tier, though Robinson knows his side need improving if they are to make an impact next season.

Dons will have one of the smaller budgets in the Championship next season, and Robinson is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to find the hidden gems which could ensure Dons are competitive during the course of the campaign.

And that includes travelling overseas to bring in talent, something which has seen Robinson spend a lot of time out of the country recently.

“It’s been hectic, plenty of phonecalls,” he said. “We have to get it right for the club and we’ve been in Holland, Belgium, France and Spain.”

“We are not equipped to be competing with the bigger hitters in the Championship – we are one of the small boys.

“It’s hard shopping in this country because we aren’t a big boy in this league.”

In previous years, Dons have been restricted by their budget when it comes to landing the bigger fish.

However, some astute moves in the loan market, bringing in the likes of Patrick Bamford, Will Grigg, Benik Afobe and Lewis Baker to name but a few, have paid dividends.

And with a decent track record behind him, Robinson believes he may be prolific in the loan market again in a bid to strengthen.

“We need to respect the fact that we will rely on loans. We won’t be able to do any early deals because of the league we are in and the teams we are up against, but we’re pushing things and have spoken to a few players about coming in on loan.

“It’s very busy behind the scenes – it’s been my busiest summer as manager so far.”