Laurie Walker believes MK Dons will benefit from the work done both on and off the pitch during the five-day training camp at St. George’s Park.
The Dons have been based in Burton-upon-Trent since Monday, making use of their state-of-the-art facilities ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and while the on-pitch work has been productive, goalkeeper Walker believes the MK Dons squad will profit most from the opportunity they’ve had to spend quality time with each other.
“It’s been great,” Walker said in an exclusive interview with iFollow MK Dons from St. George’s Park
“On the pitch, we’ve been putting the work in and working really hard, making the most of these fantastic facilities, but it’s also nice that we can get on and focus on building togetherness.
We’re still following protocols but it’s nice to be closer and start building that camaraderie, getting all the boys together and keeping everything tight and close-knit.
“These trips are good for that. It pulls everyone together and you get to know each other on a different level, with conversations you might not be able to have during a normal week. I hope that will show on the pitch this season.”
That togetherness is even more crucial amongst a goalkeeper union where three players are vying for one starting spot.
“It’s a tough position,” Walker said. “There is only one shirt and obviously, we have the same goal to have that shirt but the overall goal is to make sure we’re doing what’s best for MK Dons.
“There is never any negativity towards that one player because we want them to do well for the team. Whoever is playing, we’ll support each other to get the best out of them, so it’s best for the team.”