Grigg returns to MK Dons on loan

Dons fans were made to wait until the stroke of 11pm for the announcement
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Will Grigg

It was the one Dons fans have been waiting for, but Will Grigg is back at MK Dons after signing on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old striker has been out of favour at the Stadium of Light, but his exploits at Dons six years ago while on loan from Brentford are still remembered in folklore at Stadium MK.

His 22 goals for Karl Robinson's side helped Dons secure automatic promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club's history.

"I’m so pleased to be back,” he said on his return to the club. “I’m grateful to everyone at the club for getting this one over the line and I can’t wait to get going again.

“I absolutely loved my time here before. I had such a successful spell, scoring goals and winning promotion and, as soon as I knew about the interest, it was something I wanted to push through.

“Anyone who knows me from my time here previously, knows that if balls are put in the right areas for me, I will score goals. I’m feeling really good at the moment and I’m itching to get back playing.”

Despite ruling himself out of a move for the striker just last week, manager Russell Martin said as soon a Grigg became available he was in the hunt to bring him to Stadium MK.

Martin said: “We looked into it earlier in the window and it wasn’t something that was possible. As soon as things changed, he was somebody that, of course, we were interested in.

“A lot of clubs wanted him but he only wanted to come here. That desire from him, and the hard work of the Chairman, Andy and Liam at our end, meant we were able to get it over the line and I’m delighted we have.

“He’s had a difficult couple of seasons but, in my eyes, Will is still one of the best goalscorers at this level and I believe we are the right place for him to get going again. We look forward to working with him.”