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Grigg: MK Dons move was a "no-brainer"

Will Grigg celebrates scorning for Brentford. Credit: PA

New MK Dons striker Will Grigg says he turned down other offers in favour of sealing a move to stadium:mk.

The Northern Ireland international joined Karl Robinson's side on a season-long loan deal from Brentford last week.

Grigg in the goals

  • Grigg scored four goals for Brentford last season as they gained promotion to The Championship.
  • He hit 20 goals for Walsall in 2012/13, which prompted Brentford to pay over £300,000 to land the striker.

Several other clubs were interested in landing the 23-year-old, but Grigg told the MK Dons official website that he had his heart set on a move to Buckinghamshire.

“When I was away before pre-season I heard there was a bit of interest and when it came about it was something I was really keen to do. As soon as the ball got rolling both parties were confident they could make it work and it’s just nice to be here now.

There we a few choices but the style of football here suits me, it’s a similar formation to Brentford and Walsall so it’s a good fit for me personally. I know the Gaffer’s wanted me for quite a while so it was really a no-brainer. There was other clubs but this is the perfect fit."

– Will Grigg
Dele Alli (left) is said to be interesting Liverpool. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, The Daily Express claims that two of the Dons' brightest young talents could be heading for big-money Premier League moves.

The paper says that defender Brendan Galloway is destined to join Everton, while Liverpool are interested in midfielder Dele Alli.


McFadzean u-turn: Defender dismisses MK Dons interest as "utter rubbish", and hours later completes move

Kyle McFadzean (right) has agreed to join MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean for an undisclosed fee.

The move comes just hours after McFadzean himself had dismissed talk of the Dons' interest as "utter rubbish".

Speculation was rife on social media yesterday that the 27-year-old was in talks with Karl Robinson's side.

However, in an interview with The Crawley Observer, McFadzean seemed adamant that a switch to Stadium:MK wasn't imminent.

"I’ve only just this second got back from holiday, I’m on my way back from the airport so I don’t know what they (people on social media) are on about," he said.

“I’ve not even spoken to my agent to be honest. It’s utter rubbish.”

McFadzean has now agreed a two-year deal with the Dons and becomes their third signing of the summer.

MK Dons complete deal for Crawley Town star Kyle McFadzean

Kyle McFadzean celebrates scoring against Gillingham last season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed highly-rated defender Kyle McFadzean from League One rivals Crawley Town.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Stadium:MK after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Towering centre-half McFadzean has attracted interest from several clubs in recent years, but the Dons have finally won the race for his signature.

He's the club's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Danny Green and Mark Randall.

“I can’t wait to get started. I’ve known (of MK Dons’ interest) for a couple of weeks and I’m delighted to finally get it sorted," he told the club's official website.

"The style of football the team plays will suit me. The manager has already told me what he wants from me here and it’s what I want to.

“I wanted a new challenge, and if you look around the place it’s a big challenge but one I’m looking forward to. I’m sure coming here will improve me as a player too.

“I just can’t wait to put the shirt on and kick a ball about in this wonderful ground.”

David Oldfield: MK Dons appoint man credited with developing West Brom's young stars

David Oldfield has played a key role in Saido Berahino's development. Credit: PA

MK Dons have appointed David Oldfield as their new Head of Academy Coaching.

The 46-year-old has left Premier League club West Bromwich Albion to take up the role.

During his three years with the Baggies, Oldfield has helped to develop players such as Saido Berahino and George Thorne.

"We’re delighted to have secured the signature of someone of his stature,” Executive Director Andrew Cullen told the club's official wesbite.

“It’s a role we have been doing due diligence on and it’s an appointment which took time as we wanted to find an outstanding candidate with strong credentials - David fits the bill perfectly."

Former MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson sad to be leaving the club

Stephen Gleeson says that he is sad to be leaving MK Dons. Credit: PA

Former MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson says that he is sad to be leaving the club, but admits that the chance to step up to The Championship was too good to turn down.

The Irishman completed a move to Birmingham City earlier this week.

He made over 200 appearances for the Dons during his time at Stadium MK.

"It’s been a really difficult three weeks," Gleeson told the club's official website.

"I do have mixed emotions because on one hand I’m so excited about the challenge ahead but on the other hand I’m really sad leaving a club that, for the last five years, has been a home.

“Three out of the last four seasons I’ve turned down opportunities to leave but this one, at this point in time, felt right.

"This is an opportunity, to play in the Championship, I couldn’t turn down. I really wanted to do it with Milton Keynes but this year it was right to move on.”


Stephen Gleeson ends five year stay at MK Dons

Stephen Gleeson Credit: PA

MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson has joined Championship side Birmingham City.

The Irish star left Dons on a free transfer and joins the Blues on a two-year-deal.

Speaking to the club website manager Karl Robinson said: “I’m gutted he’s gone. We did everything to try and keep him, but he wanted to play in the Championship, which is where we all want to be.

MK Dons release Alan Smith and Izale McLeod

Izale Mcleod Credit: PA

Strikers Alan Smith and Izale McLeod have been released by MK Dons.

McLeod is the Dons all time record goal scorer, but manager Karl Robison decided not to exercise a one year extension option.

Former Leeds star Smith,will leave the club on June 30th. Ryan Hall has also been released.

Alan Smith Credit: PA

Reports: Premier League giants plan summer move for MK Dons youngster Dele Alli

Dele Alli (right) is said to be attracting interest from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs. Credit: PA

MK Dons could face a battle to keep hold of highly-rated youngster Dele Alli this summer, with several Premier League giants reportedly considering a move.

The 18-year-old is attracting interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool according to The Daily Mirror and The Daily Express.

Alli is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the country, and made over 30 appearances for the Dons first team last season.

MK Dons to take no further action over Ji Dong Won ineligibility

Former Sunderland striker Ji Dong Won in action against MK Dons earlier this season.

MK Dons say that they will not be taking further action over news that Sunderland fielded an ineligible player against them in the Capital One Cup clash between the two sides earlier in the season.

Striker Ji Dong Won, who has since joined Augsburg in the Bundesliga and has agreed to sign for Borussia Dortmund in the summer, hadn't received international clearance to play.

The Dons were only made aware of the breach last night, while the Football League first heard about it in late November.

In a statement on the club's official website, MK Dons said:

"By the time the Football League were aware of the player’s ineligibility, Sunderland had already progressed to the fifth round of the Capital One Cup.

"The club acknowledges that the Football League board dealt with the situation as they saw fit and will not be pursuing the matter further."

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