Karl Robinson is already planning for life in League One next season and four players that were part of their Championship relegation team are to leave the club. Their retained list has been named, and talks continue with six others as Robinson looks to keep them at stadium:mk.
Of those four players to leave, one of those was at their own accord after electing to reject the offer of a new contract. Five players, including Josh Murphy, also all leave after their respective loan deals came to an end.
The first major name to exit the club is Nicky Maynard. Robinson had hoped to keep him on the books but the player himself has decided that his future lies elsewhere. He has mainly been rotated this season in the lone striker role, especially in the second half of the season once Alex Revell signed from Cardiff City. He ended their season as top scorer in the Championship, but only on six goals.
Antony Kay will also be moving on having lost his place in the team during the second half of the campaign. He has been with the Buckinghamshire-based club since joining in August 2012. He played a major part in the promotion winning squad of 2014/15, but Robinson feels now is the right time to star building towards the future.
Jordan Spence was also a part of that promotion winning squad, but he has been allowed to leave as well. George Baldock looks set to become the long-term right back at the club, meaning Spence is surplus to requirements. Also departing is veteran Matthew Upson, who has struggled to settle into life with the club for one reason and one reason only; injuries. He has barely featured this season, in what has been a frustrating campaign.
The management are to continue talking to Carl Baker, Cody Cropper, Alex Revell, Charlie Burns, Ben Tilney and Giorgio Rasulo.