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Russ hopeful on new arrivals

MK Dons boss expecting to add to his squad soon...

30 June 2021

Russell Martin is hopeful of soon adding to his MK Dons after Covid prevented a new arrival from being confirmed last week.

The Dons have so far made two new additions ahead of the 2021/22 season, bringing in attacking midfielder Scott Twine from Swindon Town as well as recruiting Argentine Franco Ravizolli to bolster their goalkeeping department.

Martin had hoped to make another signing last Friday only for it to be delayed due to Covid-19 protocols but speaking to the media on Tuesday, the Dons boss raised the possibility of completing that capture this week.

“We were meant to have one last week but due to Covid we couldn’t announce them,” he said in his press conference. “They weren’t able to come in and we are waiting on that but we hope to have some news on them soon.

“The ones we are close with are our number one targets. They’ve taken their time, but fans will be excited by them coming in, I’m sure.”

Martin continued: “Already, Franco, a new signing, is a really exciting project. He can be anything he wants to be. He’s had to work for it and it takes courage to do what he has done – it’s a testament to him as a person, and his attitude and ability.

“Then, with Scott, the quality he shows in the final third is brilliant and the amount of interest in him shows how good of a signing it is. He will really help us on the pitch.”

As well as new faces, MK Dons are still in negotiations with those players from last season who will be out of contract as of Thursday morning.

While uncertain on the futures of Andrew Surman and Ben Gladwin, Martin is confident of keeping Josh McEachran at Stadium MK.

“Andy Surman lives a long way away with his family and is weighing up his options. We have to respect where he is at - he loved it here but the sacrifice is great so it’s a decision for him to make.

“We haven’t offered anything to Ben, as we need to see where he’s at after his operation.

“Then Josh, because of various Covid protocols, hasn’t been able to come in and discuss his future but we hope we can tie him down as well.”

In terms of outgoings, Martin also discussed the possibility of Sam Nombe and Hiram Boateng leaving Stadium MK this summer after the pair both spent a season away from the Club on loan.

“We’ve had interest from numerous clubs in Sam and Hiram. They both want to play regular football but they are different to what I feel we need right now so we’ll have to wait and see.

“It will depend on what is right for us and for them but until then, while they are here, they are part of our club and team.”

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