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Game on for trialist

8 July 2013

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson is currently running the rule over Argentinian midfielder Santiago Aloi, who has spent the last week on trial with the Club.

Aloi, 26, linked up with the Dons at their Dublin training camp and is expected to feature in the side’s three overseas friendlies this week, the first which of which takes place this evening (Monday) at Leinster Senior League outfit St. James’ Gate. 

A River Plate academy graduate, Aloi is an energetic left-sided midfielder who has enjoyed spells with Argentine side Belgrano and Costa Rican club Liberia Mia. Aloi also spent a year on loan with Watford in 2007/08, but failed to make a senior appearance despite several impressive performances in the Hornets’ reserve side.

Aloi, who scored two goals in 14 games for Argentinean third division side Club Atletico Alumni in 2012/13, has impressed the Dons coaching staff over the last seven days but Robinson is keen to see how the Argentine performs in a match environment before making a decision on his future.

Speaking to mkdons.com, the Dons boss said: “Santiago is very energetic and he has shown a lot of desire already – flying all the way from Argentina to join up with us.

“He trained at 7am the following morning and he looked tired at the time but since then he has looked sharp, he has good energy and he is good on the ball. He is a graduate from the River Plate academy so you know he is going to be a good footballer.

“He has been in England before, he was at Watford under Aidy Boothroyd and he has been playing in the lower League of Argentinean football, which is quite a high standard. He looks good but I can’t make a full judgement until I have seen him in the games and we will make a decision from there."

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