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Afobe: An easy decision to join

6 August 2014

New recruit Benik Abofe says he’s settled perfectly into life at MK Dons.

The 21-year-old impressed in the 2-0 friendly defeat to Premier League Leicester City on Monday, just hours after putting pen to paper on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

“I like the philosophy of the Club, I like the way the boys play, and when I came to watch them on Saturday (v Brackley Town) my mind was made up,” he said.

“We were all on the same wavelength on Monday and I think that can only be a good thing.”

Afobe, who was a big hit with the fans at the Squad Presentation Evening on Tuesday, will fight it out with Tom Hitchcock and Will Grigg for a starting spot up top at stadiummk.

He said: “Tom was at Crewe and Rotherham, got a few goals and he’s a great finisher. We’re only going to improve that.

“Will Grigg scored a lot of goals at Walsall. But it’s not just the strikers, it’s the wingers and the midfielders who will chip in with goals.

“As a striker, you always want to score goals and hopefully I’ll bring in my fair share.

“Wherever you go, there will be competition, in any occupation. It’s a long season, we’ll all score and we’ll all get time on the pitch. But when it’s my time, I want to do my best and score a few goals.”

The former Huddersfield Town, Reading and Bolton Wanderers loanee insists he is ready for the rigours of a full season following two fairly serious injuries.

“It’s been a frustrating time, but that’s all past me now and I feel the sharpest I’ve felt for three years. Hopefully I’ll have an injury-free year and it’ll go really well.”

He added: “Robin van Persie had a few injuries like myself when he was younger.”

“He kept saying to me make sure you do your rehab properly - you want to come back even better than before, you don’t want to come back the same.

“He was like an older brother to me so I was a bit sad when he left, and I used to always listen to what he said.”

Watch Benik's first interview as a Don here.


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