Midfielder Ben Gladwin only had eyes on a return to MK Dons this summer

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    Midfielder Ben Gladwin has explained how he held out to make sure he returned to Milton Keynes Dons this off-season.

    The experienced midfielder originally joined the Dons on a short-term deal after leaving Blackburn Rovers, making his debut in the team's 1-1 draw with reigning League One champions and Saturday's opponents Coventry City in January.

    After more than two years of injury hell, Gladwin's time with the Dons was limited to just nine substitute appearances but he showed plenty of flashes of his quality, including his goal against Wycombe Wanderers, with fans eager to see him return and get a full pre-season's worth of work under his belt with the team.

    For Gladwin himself, the Dons were the only team he really wanted to sign with, but had to wait for the club to assess their situation due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

    Speaking on MKFM's Breakfast Show this morning, Gladwin stated: "I was delighted, to be honest it was the only option I had in my own mind."

    The 28-year-old had offers from other clubs, but manager Russell Martin ensured he got his man and Gladwin himself remained patient until he could sign a new deal at Stadium MK.

    He explained: "There were other conversations ongoing because the club didn't know what situation they had themselves in but the gaffer was in constant contact and telling me that he wanted to get it done."

    "So I held out for it and it was the only one I wanted, so I was so happy when it was done."

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