Lee Johnson has given his side to the story regarding Elliot Embleton's surprise deadline day loan to Blackpool.
"To be fair, it was Elliot's decision. It was a bit of a catch-22 situation. I really like Elliot and he is a good young player for us, but when I sat down and worked out what we could do, sometimes having too big a squad can be difficult to manage. He's an excellent player, one of the best trainers, and we would have definitely used him but he maybe wouldn't have got the starts that he wanted or that he warranted or could have got somewhere else. And by making it public that we are going to extend his contract by taking up the option [in his contract] shows that we believe in him. I gave him both scenarios – to stay and compete and fight or to go out on loan to Blackpool, who are a good side, where he might get more starts. There were a couple that were potentially moving out but that was the one. I think it can become difficult to manage when you have too many players. When you have someone who is ours who we believe in, if he is not going to get the minutes then he is better off continuing his progression – as he has at Grimsby in League Two before, and now in League One – and then he will hopefully be ready for us."
Still with deadline day fallout and it seems that Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell wasn’t happy with the way that his club’s proposed loan of Will Grigg collapsed at the final hurdle.
Caldwell said: "We did agree everything with Sunderland. We did agree everything with Will. Obviously from Sunderland's point of view they wanted to get someone else in, which ended up being Ross Stewart which we were kind of aware of. Having been given the word from Sunderland that he wouldn't be going anywhere else, unfortunately I think the fact that there was a hold-up then appearing in media circles last Friday alerted MK Dons. MK Dons and Russell Martin got in his head between Friday and Sunday, even though we actually had an agreement ready and waiting to be signed by Sunderland and we had an agreement with Will to come all of last week. In football, sometimes these things can happen - but I like to think if I give my word to somebody I wouldn't let them down."
Will Grigg added: “I’m so pleased to be back at MK Dons. I’m grateful to everyone at the club for getting this one over the line and I can’t wait to get going again. I absolutely loved my time here before. I had such a successful spell, scoring goals and winning promotion and, as soon as I knew about the interest, it was something I wanted to push through. Anyone who knows me from my time here previously, knows that if balls are put in the right areas for me, I will score goals. I’m feeling really good at the moment and I’m itching to get back playing.”