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Dons face competition for Regan with contract talks on hold
By Oli
April 30 2009


Carl Regan (left)

Dons manager Roberto Di Matteo insists he will handle negotiations for new deals for Dons' out of contract players after the playoffs, but he may have to act sooner with Carl Regan and Jemal Johnson attracting interest from other clubs.

Despite some excellent performances Regan has often found himself behind the inconsistent Shaun Cummings in the pecking order at right-back, although he has enjoyed a longer run of in the side of late. His impressive form, the Milton Keynes Citizen reports, has seen him attract the interest of Scottish Premier League clubs Aberdeen and Hibernian, as well as League One strugglers Carlisle United and League Two side Bradford City. The Citizen also reported that Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen was present at Dons 1-0 win over Northampton Town in order to get a better look at the defender.

Meanwhile, American Jemal Johnson has enjoyed a superb season for the Dons but has mysteriously fallen out of favour with Di Matteo, and hasn't featured since Dons' 0-2 loss to Leeds United in March, where he came on as a substitute on the hour mark. The Citizen reports that several Championship clubs are eyeing up the midfielder, with his future in Milton Keynes looking more likely to end this summer by the week.

Midfielder Alan Navarro was reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with the club until Di Matteo decided to suspend talks until the end of the season.