ALAN Smith has ended months of speculation by putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with MK Dons.
The news was confirmed this morning (Tuesday) after the 31-year-old’s successful loan spell at stadium:mk from Newcastle last season.
While his experience couldn’t quite get the club promoted out of League 1 via the play-offs, his commitment to Dons for the next 24 months shows that he is keen to get the team into the Championship at the next time of asking.
Karl Robinson admitted earlier this summer that a number of other clubs, including several on the continent, were chasing the former England international’s signature, and a return to stadium:mk seemed unlikely when the Dons boss suggested that he had struggled to make contact with Smith in the USA, while he was on holiday in Spain.
However, it became clear last night that the pair had opened talks again, and a deal has now be done, with Smith now set to start pre-season training with his new permanent team-mates.
Smith made a name for himself with Leeds United in the Premier League as an 18-year-old, with a goal scoring debut against Liverpool in 1998.
Smith’s six-year spell at his beloved Leeds saw him score 56 goals in 228 appearances where he was part of the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001.
In 2004, following Leeds’ relegation from the Premier League, Smith made a controversial switch to Manchester United for a £7 million transfer fee.
During his three years at Old Trafford, Smith won the Premier League title and the Carling Cup, but his time with the Red Devils was marred by a horrific broken leg and dislocated ankle sustained in the FA Cup against Liverpool in 2006.
After regaining full fitness, Smith made the switch to Newcastle in August 2007, signing for an undisclosed fee, and he went on to be a key member of the Magpies’ Championship winning side in 2009/10.
Last season his chances at Newcastle were limited, which led to Smith making the switch to stadium:mk for the latter part of the campaign.
In his 18 appearances for Dons, his two goals came against sides from his native Yorkshire – Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town.