Dons win race for wing wizard Dyer

LLOYD Dyer has signed for MK Dons on a free transfer after his sizzling brace helped the club to a stylish 4-1 pre-season mauling of Brighton on Friday night.

The 23-year-old left winger, released by West Brom in the summer, agreed a two-year deal at the National Hockey Stadium yesterday (Monday) following his excellent cameo display as a triallist against the Seagulls.

Dyer, who played in the Championship on loan at QPR and Millwall last season, opted to join Martin Allen's League Two promotion hopefuls ahead of a host of other Championship and League One clubs.

The 5ft 8in left winger made himself an instant favourite with Dons' fans after coming on as a half-time substitute by sliding in a neat angled finish and then curling a magnificent 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to seal the rout.

Dons' manager Allen told the Citizen: "All our supporters who saw Lloyd play against Brighton will be excited about this news, because he was magnificent.

"He is full of pace and skill and will be a great asset to the team.

"Loads of Championship and League One sides wanted to sign him but we've beaten them all off.

"I showed him around the new stadium on Monday morning and straight away he said 'I'll sign'."

Clive Platt put the Dons ahead against Brighton just after the half hour mark when he raced onto Dean Lewington's lofted through ball and superbly lobbed Wayne Henderson from the edge of the box.

Dyer made it two after sprinting onto substitute Izale McLeod's pass and finishing well, before McLeod coolly tucked the third goal past substitute Albion keeper Michel Kuipers after sprinting clear onto Platt's flick.

Dyer's superb free-kick made it 4-0,

before Albion full-back Paul Reid drilled a low 20-yard strike past triallist Dons' goalkeeper Adolfo Baines to hand the lacklustre visitors – who were relegated from the Championship last season – their consolation goal.