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Robbo praises departing players

14 May 2016

Karl Robinson paid tribute to the four players set to leave MK Dons following the 2015/16 campaign.

Antony Kay, Jordan Spence and Matt Upson will all depart stadiummk when their contracts expire at the end of the summer, the former ending a near four-year association with the Football Club.

“I want to say a big thank you to Kaysy,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “I wish him all the luck in the world.

"People may be frustrated with him for one or two errors, such as the own goal against Leeds, but what I can say is he’d give his all on the football pitch - he’d walk off after game ecstatic if we won and devastated if we lose.

“With all due respect to Jordan, George Baldock is the future at right-back and I don’t think he wanted to play second-fiddle - I think he believes he deserves the opportunity to start somewhere else.

“Matty Upson had a difficult year with injuries. I learnt a lot from him in meetings and how he challenged me. He was great off the pitch, it’s just a shame we couldn’t keep him fit. He was impressive in the small time he did play.”

Robinson also confirmed he will soon meet with Carl Baker, Charlie Burns, Cody Cropper and Alex Revell to discuss their futures with the Dons.

“It’s a big one for me because he could be massive for us in League 1. He scored one in three starts and in the Championship. I work with these players every day and I know what a good player he is.”

“Nicky Maynard had a contract and although things didn’t materialise with this option, there are still some legs left in that one- we don’t know what might be around the corner with him.

As well as the three players released, Nicky Maynard has opted not to exercise the one-year option in his contract but Dons boss Robinson still has some hope of retaining the striker’s services for next season.

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