Midfielder Mark Randall is excited by the prospect of pulling on the MK Dons shirt again next season.
The 24-year-old, who spent time on loan with the Dons while on the books at Arsenal in 2010, re-joined on a short-term deal in March before extending his stay for a further 12 months last Friday.
“It’s exciting,” he told MK Dons Player. “I’m really pleased to have signed my contract and I’m looking forward to having a full pre-season which I didn’t have last year. I think it’s going to be a good year for me.
“(Being back in a Dons shirt) was the best feeling ever. Being back in my hometown after being away it Italy, away from my family and everybody. It was a great feeling and I’m thankful to the Gaffer for giving me the opportunity.
“I’m in a much happier place this summer than I was last and I think that’s going to show on the pitch.”
Randall returned to stadiummk earlier this calendar year after four months out of football following his release from Italian side Ascoli.
The skilful midfielder trained with the Dons’ Under-18s side before joining in with the first-team and then penning a contract and he believes that a full pre-season with the squad this summer will only benefit him on the field.
“There’s a lot more to come from me. I worked quite a bit with Damo on my fitness when I came back last year because I’d had a few months off but once I get a pre-season under my belt I’ll be a lot fitter and match-ready.
“I’ve been trying to keep as fit as I possibly can (this off-season) and I’ve started running a lot earlier than I normal do. I’ve been seeing some family and friends and enjoying the sun when it’s been out but also making sure I’m 100 percent when I come back.
“The World Cup starts soon so I’ll be watching that but then I’ll be getting my head down and doing what I’ve got to do.”