Bondz in Friday night spotlight

Bondz 'Gala will be in action again for his in-form loan team MK Dons on Friday night when they travel to the south coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion,

The Dons will  be hoping to continue their impressive start to their first season in League One, which has seen them move up to third under Roberto Di Matteo. The towering central defender has certainly played his part since arriving on a one-month deal in the second week of November.

"I'm enjoying it, really like it up here and everyone has made me feel welcome and there is a good team spirit," 'Gala said. "I played 90 minutes over the weekend and then 70 twice before that, so pretty much full games and it's really good to get the experience in front of the big crowd.

"The league is different to reserve team football and more competitive. It's nice to train all week and get selected for a game that is worth something to not just the people you are playing with but for the fans as well."

The Dons' hosts on Friday lie 20th in the table and if 'Gala can help his side to a win they would go second, just a point behind leaders Leicester City. "It's a big game against Brighton, it's tight at the top and if you want to stay there you've got to keep on winning. Hopefully we can bounce back after the defeat [the 2-0 loss to Scunthorpe] and then you've got the busy Christmas period so you want to get as many games in as possible."

The 19-year-old, one of eight West Ham United players out on loan at present, hopes to use the experience gained at Stadium MK to impress Gianfranco Zola upon his return to east London. "I think I've learnt a lot about positioning and about home and away games, it's different to reserve team football as the crowd plays a big part in the game.

"I'd maybe like to stay here a little bit longer, gain more experience and then go back and do well at West Ham. I want to show the manager what I can do and what I've learnt since he last saw me."

Although away from Chadwell Heath for now, 'Gala has certainly not been forgotten about. He revealed that he has been in regular contact with his permanent employers, who have been supportive of his move. "I've had a few chats with Alex Dyer, he's had some advice for me and he's really positive about the whole thing. I think he's come up to see me in a game and he says he may come up again soon."