Whilst some players use music or films to pass the time between training sessions, George Baldock and Daniel Powell have taken a more old-fashioned approach.
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“We had a night out and although it was nothing serious, they came and it was a team bonding thing. I think the dynamics of the group are really good at the minute.”
He said: “Randers and Greeny have been with the squad before so all the lads know and like them, but Kyle’s funny and fitted in well. Hitch is a similar age to me and some of the lads so he’s a good addition too.
Baldock and co have been joined by four summer signings so far, two of which are familiar faces – Mark Randall and Danny Green – and two new recruits – Tom Hitchcock and Kyle McFadzean.
“He’s the most annoying person ever to play Scrabble with as he puts a load of letters together and seems to get 60 points! He doesn’t even know what they mean or whether they are real words but he just goes for it!”
“I’ve known Powelly for years as we grew up with each other in the youth team. He’s a bit weird though!
“Getting up for beach runs is the worse bit for me and Powelly! Setting our alarms for so early isn’t great – we are normally lucky enough to have a lie-in during the season.
“It’s been really good but very hard. It’s taken its toll,” Baldock told MK Dons Player.
Karl Robinson’s men have since returned home for the weekend to recuperate ahead of three games in as many days, starting with St James’s Gate on Monday evening.
The room-mates and former youth team colleagues have been playing Scrabble as a way of relaxing from the rigours of the intense days at the Dons’ training camp near Dublin.