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Kelly's insight into his time at Stadium MK so far

Michael Kelly shared his thoughts following the victory over Oxford United in the EFL Trophy…

20 September 2023

Michael Kelly shared his insight into his time at MK Dons so far after the goalkeeper sustained a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory at the Kassam Stadium during his debut.

Graham Alexander’s men placed atop their group following the EFL Trophy triumph over Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The opening fixture of the competition, which saw success over Chelsea Under-21s has produced a total of six points gained so far with a positive goal difference of four.

During the Trophy tie, goalkeeper Michael Kelly was awarded with his Dons debut just ten days after signing for the Club. The shot-stopper produced multiple important saves to sustain a clean sheet within his first game brandishing the MK Dons colours.

When asked about his Dons debut, Kelly said “You have to enjoy playing games. If you hype it up too much, you go looking to do things you might not normally do.

“I want to play every week don't get me wrong, but Macca has done really well this season. It's a good group of keepers, I'm really enjoying it so I hope we can have more nights like tonight.

“If the gaffer has selection headaches, it's a good thing - as long as it's not injuries. If you've got 22 players to choose from, it will stand you in good stead for the rest of the season. Everyone should be trying to get after the person who is wearing their shirt to try and make it their own.”

Kelly signed on a short-term deal after young goalkeeper Nathan Harness received an injury, which has side-lined the former Charlton player for a short period of time.

The Irishman previously played for Carlisle United during their promotion push last season but found himself as a free agent at the end of that stint. Kelly provided an insight into his transfer to MK Dons “The staff and the group have made it really easy to settle in. That's half the battle.

“When you've got a good group, the football takes care of itself, and that's what we have here. I feel right at home here already, so hopefully that deal gets extended - I'm loving it here.

“When a club as big as MK Dons comes calling for you, it's not really much of a decision! You can do bits on your own, but you can't replicate what you get in and around the group.”

Michael also shared his experience on what it’s like as a free agent player “It's really difficult, waiting. If anyone told you otherwise, they're lying.

“It's like pulling the rug from under you tomorrow, you've got no job and you're not guaranteed to have one again ever in this line of work. But you just have to believe in yourself.

“if you don't there is absolutely no reason for anyone else to. You have to plug away and keep doing the work on your own. It's tough but you have to dig in.”


Michael Kelly and MK Dons return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to face Sutton United at the VBS Community Stadium.

Tickets are on sale online and from the MK Dons Box Office, priced at £21 adults, £15 over-60s, and £7 for 12-18s whilst under-12s can watch for FREE in the standing areas.

To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622933. Tickets will be available for purchase up until 4pm on Friday afternoon.

Can't make the game? Supporters can LISTEN to this fixture live on iFollow MK Dons - to purchase an Audio Match Pass, CLICK HERE.

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