Dons boss excited by striker’s potential – and he hopes duo prolong their stays

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Johnnie Jackson has challenge Zach Robinson to make himself a regular in AFC Wimbledon’s starting line up.

The Dons are still in talks with Robinson and Paul Osew about extending their contracts. The pair are both out of contract at the end of June.

Robinson, 19, had been on loan at Hampton & Richmond, scoring four goals in 12 appearances in National South, before coming back to his parent club in March.

“He is a bright young player with a lot of potential, but it is just potential at the moment,” new Wimbledon manager Jackson told the South London Press.

“He has not got loads of league experience but he was recalled from his loan at the end of last season and did well. Obviously now he needs to establish himself as a regular starter in the team, in a position where we need to strengthen.

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons SkyBet League One, Cherry Red Records Stadium, 09 April 2022

“It is down to these lads to come back in pre-season and show they should be in the team, impress me. Everyone has got a clean slate, it’s a brand new manager coming in with no misconceptions. It is a fresh slate for everyone to impress me and my staff on day one of pre-season.

“They have got four, five or six weeks there to prove they should be in the team for the first game. Nobody has got a god-given right. Anyone has got an opportunity.”

Left-sided Osew, 21, made 32 appearances in all competitions last season.

“He is someone I’m keen to keep at the football club,” said Jackson. “He is an exciting young player who can play a few different positions, he’s capable of defending and attacking. He is someone I want to keep around. He’s going to be a very useful player in League Two.”

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