STRIKER Ryan Lowe wants to make it third time lucky for MK Dons as they fight to get out of League One this season.
After playing a part in Sheffield Wednesday’s successful promotion campaign last season, the 33-year-old front man – who put pen to paper on a two-year deal at stadium:mk last Thursday – knows how to get teams up a division, having also been part of Bury’s League Two promotion campaign a year earlier.
But with his chances at Hillsborough looking few and far between with the south Yorkshire club back in the Championship, Lowe said he had no hesitation in answering Karl Robinson’s call to make the move to Milton Keynes.
“I left a great club in Sheffield Wednesday and I wasn’t just going to go anywhere,” he said. “I had plenty of offers from League One and League Two, but I wanted to come to a club on the up.
“If I didn’t want that, I might as well have stayed where I was and fought for my place at Wednesday, and maybe got on the pitch every now and then. But I wanted to come and play football.
“You only need to look around this place and see how far the club has come under the gaffer, so it was an easy decision. I’m not one of those players who likes to sit around and pick up their wages. I’ve always wanted to play football.
“There’s nothing better for a striker than to move to a club who play good football and create a lot of chances. I was pleased that the two clubs came to an agreement. I’m an MK Dons player and I’m excited to get started.
“I’ve come here to get promotion. Some of the players could have gone elsewhere, but they stayed here to get promotion and to get the club where it deserves to be.”
Lowe’s experience when it comes to the crunch will be valuable for Dons as they look to make third time lucky under Robinson. And the striker, who can boast more than 130 goals in his career, thinks this is finally the season that Dons can cross the finish line and secure promotion to the second tier.
He said: “The lads were unlucky not to go up last season. They had a bit of a blip just after Christmas time, but you can only learn from these experiences. Hopefully, it’s third time lucky for them, and hopefully for me too in what could be my third promotion.
“This club deserves to be in the Championship with the facilities, the philosophy and the way the manager wants to play football – it’s how football should be played. The philosophy, the ball-retention, the chances they create, and the goals they score is phenomenal.
“Anyone who gets the chance to play here would be stupid to turn it down. The day I signed, my phone didn’t stop going with people calling me to tell me what a great move it was. It’s going to be really interesting.”
With Dean Bowdditch, Daniel Powell, Jabo Ibehre, Charlie MacDonald and Alan Smith all vying for positions at the top end of the pitch, Lowe says he’s excited to pit himself against his new team-mates. However, he isn’t willing to divulge his personal targets, other than winning promotion again.
“I just want a chance,” he said. “I thought at Sheffield Wednesday I wasn’t going to get that chance. I’m looking forward to a bit of competition with the players here – if you’re playing well, you’ll keep your place, if you’re not, you’ll have to wait your turn.
“I’m a confident that if I get a chance, I can score some goals and create some too. I have my targets for the season – I’m not going to tell you them though! My first one is to get the team promoted, but the personal targets I set for myself.”