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Karl pleased to see deadline pass

2 September 2014

Karl Robinson says he was pleased to see the transfer window slam shut on Monday with all of his key players still at the Football Club.

Rumours had been circulating all summer linking several of the Dons’ stars with moves away from stadiummk but with his entire squad still intact following last night’s 11pm deadline, Robinson says he can now truly look forward to the forthcoming months.

“We knew about an hour (before the deadline) that nothing was going to materialise but we still didn’t get too excited too soon in case we got anything last minute,” Robinson told MK Dons Player

“If we’d have done anything today it would have been a reaction to somebody going out the door. Fortunately, nobody did leave and so the good news is we’ll be starting against Barnsley with players that we want here at this Club.

He continued: “I did have a fear that I’d get one or two phone calls and I did get those calls. There were one or two nervy moments as well but it’s unfair to talk about them too much because there other clubs involved.

“But with nothing done, I hope we can move on to bigger and better things with this young and talented group. If I’m an MK Dons fan tonight, I’m over the moon because it’s clear the quality we’ve got.”

The summer window closes with the Dons having added seven new faces to their squad, most of which were signed before the season opener against Gillingham in early August – Samir Carruthers and Jordan Spence the only two signed after that game.

He said: “We had our recruitment policy nailed on and I think it’s a sign of a good club when you can plan properly and pull it off. We did a lot of our stuff early and anything we’d have done on deadline day would have been a reaction to somebody going out the door.

“It’s been an interesting window and we’re well into double figures with the players we’ve brought in as well as let go. Losing Brendan Galloway was the only real disappointment in this window and we wish the other players who moved on in this window all the luck in the world.

“However, I think we can look ahead to the forthcoming games with great excitement now. We’re sitting in a good position in the league and although we’re not shouting and screaming we believe we’re a good side which, if we keep performing, can be competitive.

“We’ve had a really good few weeks and I don’t think any fan can have too many complaints with how we’ve started the season or that we’ve managed to retain the services of certain key players.”

Although transfers are prohibited until 1st January 2015, Football League clubs can still loan players once the loan window opens next week. Robinson, though, insists he will only utilise that option if he has too.

“The loan market does open in a week’s time if we do need to act upon anything. I’ve had to use it in recent years but this year we’ll only use it to fill voids of injuries or suspensions and not to build upon.”

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