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Robbo thanks departing loanees

7 May 2014

Manager Karl Robinson has paid tribute to the four loanees whose deals ran out after last Saturday’s match.

Jordan Spence, Sanmi Odelusi, James Loveridge and Matty Kennedy were free to re-join their parent clubs last weekend after their loan deals at stadiummk expired.

“As I said to all of them, they’ve all had a part to play in the history of MK Dons and I’d like to thank them for their endeavours throughout the course of the year,” Robinson told mkdons.com.

“Jordan joined at a time when things were difficult for us but he came in and was almost like our own player. He became part of who we are and he started to be identified as one of our players. He’s been a phenomenal loan player for us and he knows what I think of him.

 “It’ll be difficult and I’m not too sure whether it’ll be achievable but I really hope we can do a deal to bring him here in the summer. He is a player who will definitely be on my shopping list.”

Robinson continued: “Sanmi is infectious character and the fans seem to take to him immediately. I was really disappointed for him when he picked up that serious injury so late in the season. He’s a really good kid and I wish him well in his recovery.

“James is another really good lad who fitted in alongside the other young players. I had a lovely text off him just the other day thanking him for everything we’ve done.

“Matty is a very talented young player and I’ve got tremendous respect for him. Moving down from Scotland to join a top Premier League club is a daunting task for anybody but his maturity was spot on and hopefully over the next few months he can work on one or two things as he’s definitely one for the future.”

In total, Robinson used 11 loan players during the 2013/14 with other standout performers including striker Patrick Bamford, midfielder Samir Carruthers and wingers Dale Jennings and Danny Green.

And the Dons boss revealed he and his recruitment team will look to the loan market next season although, ideally, any deals would have to be long-term.

Robinson added: “I think we have to look at the loan system next year. We have our own talented players who we are trying to develop but the loan market certainly has a value to us.

“If we’re going to bring in loanees, we look to have them here for the year. Players have come in and made massive impacts but then we’ve lost them. Loanees are not our players and some of those we’ve had here we’d have loved to have kept but we’re not able to do that.

“Hopefully this summer we can go into the transfer market and do some exciting work but we’ll also be open-minded to loans because they do have a place. When they’re here for that longer period of time they can really benefit you and we’ve got to use these experiences this year to help us find the right ones for next season.”

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