Karl Robinson said arranging Darren Potter’s new deal with MK Dons was the easiest he has ever been a part of.
With Potter sidelined with a knee injury, negotiations went smoothly as the midfielder put pen to paper on a deal to see him through to the end of next season. Dons also have an option to extend the deal for a further year after that.
“We wanted to get it done in the summer,” said Robinson. “The conversations were very quick. Done, dusted and signed - it shows how much he wants to be here.
“It was a good time to do it while he was on the sidelines and not worrying about playing as much as he was getting fit again. It gave us a window of opportunity.”
Potter’s influence on the first team has been evident for years, but it has grown this season and he was described by his manager as one of the best players in his side in the opening few games.
His knee injury prior to the trip to Middlesbrough in September has ruled him out since, and Dons lost five games in a row without Potter in the lynchpin role.
However Potter has been rushed back from injury in the past with detrimental effect, so this time Robinson wants to make sure he’s up to full strength before throwing him back into the first team.
He said: “We’ve chosen to give him a few weeks to get fit again, and this will be as fit as Darren Potter has ever been.
“The first few games showed how good he was. I think he and Jordan Spence were the best out there for four or five games. And results took a downturn when he got injured.
“He’s a very likable lad, and he’s a tremendous influence for the younger players.
“He won’t be in the squad for the trip to Huddersfield.
“He has an intense seven day programme now. His strength is as intense as it has ever been, and everything is there. But we want him in tip-top condition. If you’re not, at this level, you get found out.”