Spence makes permanent Dons return

Jordan Spence
Jordan Spence

The familiar face of Jordan Spence has returned to stadium:mk, and this time it’s on a permanent basis.

The 24-year-old had been released from West Ham in the summer having spent two loan spells with MK Dons last season.

Even though he had held talks with several Championship clubs, Karl Robinson swooped to capture his man on a one-year deal, with an option for another 12 months.

“I’m delighted,” said Robinson. “With Lee likely to be out, we’re happy to bring Jordan back.

“Physically, he’s phenomenal. He’s good in the air, he’s quick. I cannot believe he’s not been taken.

“He’s a great individual and I’m so pleased to have him.

“Now with Tom, Jordan, Kyle and Antony, George, Lewie and Lee, it’s a very strong back line. But we still need one more. We’re building a team for the future that can compete and take us forward.”

Spence played 31 times for the club during his two loan spells, scoring twice along the way. But while he was a guaranteed starter last time, Robinson admits the performances of Antony Kay and Kyle McFadzean at the heart of Dons’ defence means his new signing may have to fight for a place in the starting 11.

He said: “There’s a place in the squad for everyone. For a place in the team, he has to earn it. I don’t think the two centre halves are facing any problem of losing their place.

“But when you get your chance, take it. I’ll deal with the arguments later!”