Sorinola 'has a decision to make' about his Dons future

Dons' contract offer to the youngster remains unsigned

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:02 pm
Matthew Sorinola

Russell Martin won't let uncertainty surrounding Matthew Sorinola's future at MK Dons rumble on until the end of the season as a contract offer to him remains unsigned.

The 20-year-old's current deal at Stadium MK expires in the summer, and a new deal to keep him at Dons has been presented to him.

However, Martin was concerned in January that Sorinola's advisors were giving the youngster poor advice with regards to his future. With no offers coming his way during the transfer window, Sorinola has not started a game since the middle of January, making seven substitute appearances since the 3-0 defeat to Peterborough.

With around three months before his deal is set to expire though, Martin said Sorinola will have to make a decision one way or another before the end of the season.

"The situation with him hasn't changed," the Dons boss confirmed. "He got offered a contract a long time ago, one which we consider fair and fits in with the structure of our club and for a young player but he hasn't signed it. There has been no real discussion from his end.

"He has a decision to make at some point, but I cannot let it rumble on to the end of the season – that's not ideal for anyone.

"I love Matty. We extended his contract when we first took over, we showed some commitment to him, we put a lot of work into him, he responded brilliantly but the situation has not affected him a bit – not his mentality or his attitude but it impacts on how you feel about the club moving forward.

"We want people here who really want to be here long term and who are desperate to show that commitment. Matt O'Riley could have resigned at Fulham but he wanted to be here, Scott Fraser chose us over a lot of other options, Harry Darling the same.

"It's frustrating for me, but he's not been frozen out, he's missed out on being in the squad once, he was back in the squad on Saturday, he'll be involved tomorrow."