Winkelman's McLeod relief
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MK Dons chairman Peter Winkelman admits it was a major relief that he managed to keep hold of Izale McLeod in the January transfer window.
The club's prize asset with 20 goals this season, McLeod has attracted admiring glances from further up the football pyramid, with Wolves amongst others known to be suitors.
Ill discipline has seen him suspended for the past five games but ahead of his return on Saturday, his chairman has spoken of an admiration for the 22-year-old.
Winkelman has reassured his player that he will not stand in his way when the right offer comes in, but he is hopeful that McLeod could see his immediate future at The National Hockey Stadium.
"I'm relieved we didn't lose him. I'm a massive, massive fan of Izale McLeod," said Winkelman.
"He's a very gifted footballer who will no doubt play at the highest level in this country but he has to wait for the right opportunity for him and we have to wait for the right opportunity for the club.
"He's a massive part of our season and with the new stadium opening I hope that he will see the future and tempt him to stay a bit longer.
"But I'd never stand in his way. Football is a momentary life and you have to take your chances."