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Robbo: Pleased with recruitment

16 July 2012

Boss Karl Robinson told he is delighted with the business done in the off-season, managing to keep hold of all the players that finished the 2011/12 campaign.

The Dons have added full-back Jon Otsemobor and former-England International Alan Smith this month but Robinson’s main aim was to secure the future of his current crop and after doing so, he paid tribute to his ever supportive Chairman, Pete Winkelman.

The Dons manager said: “It is a great testament to the Chairman that he was allowed us to keep all of our players.

“Yes we haven’t bought anybody but we have kept our team and that was my main aim – to build on last year.

“We know where we are at, we know where we want to improve and what we didn’t do last year. The stability will stand us in good stead.”

The Dons extended Player of the Year Darren Potter’s future with the Club until June 2014 before doing the same with his fellow midfield maestro Stephen Gleeson, who could have walked away a free agent in June.

Trio Ian McLoughlin, George Baldock and Adam Chicksen had options taken up on their current deals, keeping them with the Dons for another season. Duo Jay O’Shea and Tom Flanagan were the latest to secure their future, with both players penning new two-year-deals.

And despite only adding two new faces in Jon and Alan, Robinson believes it has been a very fruitful off-season.

“It has been a productive few months. We have re-signed (Darren) Potter and (Stephen) Gleeson, who are massive players for us. 

"We’ve also been able to add Jon Otsemobor and Alan Smith and given new deals to Tom Flanagan and Jay O’Shea."

“This work will stand us in good stead for the season.”

Robinson, entering his third full-season as Dons manager, also added that he is still looking to bring new faces into his side.

“Of course, I would still like to sign two or three more just to bolster the squad and make it a competitive team.”

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