Potential Dons move for Grigg will have to wait until the summer

Both Grigg and Martin were diplomatic on the chances of a deal next season

By Toby Lock
Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:28 am
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 2:52 pm
Will Grigg in action for MK Dons
Will Grigg in action for MK Dons

Making Will Grigg a permanent fixture in the Dons dressing room would certainly be a popular one in Milton Keynes, but neither the striker nor manager Russell Martin would lay their cards on the table.

Grigg has scored three goals and set another three up in his six appearances since signing for the club on loan from the Black Cats on deadline day last month, but his name was already etched in Dons folklore as top-scorer in the 2014/15 promotion-winning side while on loan from Brentford.

Dons missed out on the opportunity to sign Grigg at the end of that season, with the striker heading to Wigan where he had huge success, winning two promotions with the Latics and scoring a glut of goals in the process.

While his time at the Stadium of Light has been a difficult one, Grigg admitted, he still has a year left on his deal and would not be drawn on whether a permanent move to Stadium MK was on the cards when his current loan spell expires at the end of the season.

"I've got another year left at Sunderland so it's not something I can really talk about." he said. "I'm contracted to Sunderland and I'm committed to that. I'm just concentrating on every game as it comes, the old cliché! I'm happy here, and I'm taking it game by game, and hopefully it's a successful end to the season for myself and the team.

"We'll see what happens over the summer and it's not really something I can comment on at the moment because there are so many factors involved. I'm happy at the moment and we'll go from there."

The Dons boss was also coy on the chances of making a move for Grigg in the summer, but said he is exactly the sort of player he would want to bring in on a permanent basis.

Martin said: "I don't want to speak too early but I love working with him – we all do. He's right up our street in terms of character and ability. If he keeps doing what he's doing, I'm sure there will be discussions about doing what we can but I couldn't tell you to be honest.

"There's a lot of football still to be played, and obviously anything that happens would depend on what happens to his parent club for the rest of the season.

"We'll have to wait and see, but Will is happy playing football here, we're very happy to have him and we'll make the most of that until the end of the season and we'll assess it then."