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Boys are back in town!

10 July 2012

Milton Keynes Dons players returned to training Tuesday morning after their summer break.

"There's two or three players that are training a little bit lighter than the rest," Robinson said, "but all in all they are all out there on the training pitch and there is not one on the treatment pitch which is good news for us. 

Karl Robinson, with new assistant Mick Harford and first team coach Ian Wright by his side, looked over the training before catching up with the local media.

There was also the welcome sight of Luke Chadwick running around the pitch following successful knee surgery at the end of last season.

Amongst those training was new boy Jon Otsemobor, who seemed at eager to impress, looking comfortable on the ball and in his new surroundings plus the soon-to-be Don Alan Smith. The session also offered Jordan Ivey-Ward the chance to meet up with the first team for the first time since signing professional terms.

The players were put through their paces with a number of running drills and activities, but the ball was never far away from the feet as the desire to integrate game-related fitness work shone through.

Having suffered the heartache of missing out in the play-offs, the Dons players looked as hungry as ever with fitness coach Damien Doyle putting them through an intense physical session as they look to get ready for the new season.

Robinson and the players will surely be hoping that today was the start of a very successful season.

After visiting Nene Park to face The Poppies, the Dons return to stadiummk where they'll face Premier League opposition in Norwich City and Fulham before their opening competitive fixture against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 11th August in the Capital One Cup.

While in Dublin, the Dons will play two friendlies against local sides as well as a behind closed doors friendly before flying back to face Kettering Town on Saturday 28th July.

The players will continue to train at their Woughton on the Green base until Friday, when they'll fly out to Dublin to continue their pre-season schedule, something which seemed to work wonders last season with the Dons fitness levels at all time high.

"As well as allowing us the chance to monitor the players' fitness and diets, the trip to Ireland helps the team bonding. It keeps the team spirit, you tend to see friendships form and a group of people come close together for the challenges that lie ahead in the season."

"The main fitness work will be done in Ireland, so the next three days are about conditioning but it won't be easy for them! It's about getting the bodies and the mind in the right frame for working hard.

"The next few days is about conditioning so we can get their bodies back to a level where we know we can push them that little bit further.

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