Dons bolster strikeforce with Dean Bowditch signing

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DONS have made their first move in the transfer market this summer, completing the signing of Dean Bowditch on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old forward joins on a two-year contract after leaving Yeovil Town, topping off a very positive few days for the club.

Bowditch top scored for the Glovers in League One last season with 15 goals, including one against Dons when Karl Robinson’s side secured a 3-2 victory at stadium:mk, but his campaign was hampered by injuries. That has not put off Dons boss Robinson though, who was delighted to have added another goal-scorer to his squad.

“He’s someone who came to our attention when we played against him last season and impressed,” Robinson said.

“We have been working really hard to complete this deal. It has been a four-week endeavour to convince him that MK Dons was the right club for him to be at. And we believe we have beaten six other clubs to his signature. He’s a real talent. He can play anywhere along the midfield four, in the hole and up front. And he scores goals.

“He was Yeovil’s top scorer last season and scored against us at stadium:mk, even though he had a few injuries. And he’s a great age at 25 so we’re really pleased to have him here.”

Robinson also hinted that there were further signings to come in the next couple of weeks, urging fans to be patient.

He said: “We are conducting ourselves in the right way. We have a lot going on behind the scenes and we’re all working hard. But there will be other signings to come.”

It’s been an encouraging week for Dons fans after Sam Baldock was the subject of yet another ambitious bid from Peterborough United – one which Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said would break his club’s transfer record, and Dons’ own selling record at the same time. The offer is believed to have been in the region of £1 million, but was again turned down.

And Posh weren’t content with just Baldock as they also tabled a bid for midfield ace Stephen Gleeson. However, Dons stood firm, rebuking offers for both players while stating the bids simply weren’t good enough.

Six Dons players also signed contract extensions on Thursday and Friday before the club announced the signing of Bowditch late on Monday afternoon.