Potter in as Leven looks set to leave

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PETER Leven could have played his last game for Dons after the announcement that Republic of Ireland international Darren Potter has signed from Sheffield Wednesday.

Potter signed on Friday and joins the club on a free transfer, increasing the number of central midfielders in Karl Robinson’s squad to six. He joins on a one-year deal.

Leven was offered a new contract on May 20 which as yet remains ominously unsigned. And with his current deal set to expire this Thursday, the signing of Potter has added fuel to rumours that the Scot’s future may lie elsewhere.

Robinson has more than enough in his squad to replace Leven, with Shaun Williams, Stephen Gleeson, Harry Milton, George Baldock and now Potter all vying for positions in the starting line-up for the upcoming season.

However, the most disappointing aspect would be losing 27-year-old Leven – one of last season’s top performers – on a free transfer.

Leven was an instrumental part of the push for promotion last season. He scored eight goals in 46 appearances, and played a pivotal role from set-pieces and corners as well as providing a combative influence in the centre of the park.

He joined Dons in the summer of 2008 from Chesterfield and has made 130 appearances in his three seasons at stadium:mk, scoring 22 goals.

And his absence was certainly felt in the League 1 play-offs as Leven missed the two legs against Peterborough United after breaking his foot in training a week before the end of the regular season.

Potter, 26, made 40 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday last season and becomes Robinson’s second signing of the summer, joining new front man Dean Bowditch for next season.

The midfielder, who has made five appearances for the Republic of Ireland, knows new manager Robinson well and is looking forward to starting work at the club.

He said: “The gaffer is somebody I’ve known for a few years through our Liverpool connection. He’s trying to get this club to the next level, and hopefully I can be part of that.”

Speaking of the latest summer addition to his squad, Robinson said: “He’s a talented footballer, he retains the ball very well and he’s going to bring an awful lot of experience with him. He’s a very, very good signing and he cements our ambition.”

Potter and Bowditch have added some extra quality to Dons’ squad for the new season, and further signings are expected in the coming days, with a reserve goalkeeper and a right back surely on the cards for Robinson.