'Nothing imminent' ahead of transfer deadline day as Martin hints at Dons departures

Russell Martin said there are likely to be players leaving before Friday's transfer deadline day, though there are no current talks with players in or out of the door at Stadium MK.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:27 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:36 pm
Dons boss Russell Martin

Carlton Morris, Ben Gladwin and Louis Thompson were signed earlier in the window, while Brennan Dickenson left the club for Exeter City last week. But with just a few days to go before the window closes at 11pm on Friday, all is quiet for the MK Dons manager.

"At the moment, nothing is imminent," said Martin. "I'm sure there will be things happening this week, people leaving and possibly coming in, but at the moment we just have to keep an eye on that. There is nothing active, but we are aware of things that might go on and we have to be ready if it does happen.

"I'm happy with what we've got in the building. We're maximising what we've got, we're still short in certain areas, but with what they've given me so far, I have confidence in what we've got."

But with the additions to the front line and in midfield lately, players like Kieran Agard, Jordan Bowery and Hiram Boateng have been lesser spotted in Martin's matchday squads, despite playing a lot of football for the club this season.

Though he would like to see his squad remain in tact, Martin said some players are eager to play regular football and may need to move to do that.

He said: "I'm in daily contact with those players, and there will be interest because they're good players.

"We'll have to wait and see – it changes hourly in January. We have players who have played a lot of football who aren't even in the matchday squads at the moment which is frustrating.

"But their attitudes have been spot on, it has been mutual. They are still part of the squad, training with us, getting all the details if we need them at some point. No professional is happy to sit on the bench or just collect wages. If they are, then they are the wrong characters. It's up to us to monitor the situation."