Happy Hodson signs on the dotted line

Lee Hodson admitted he didn't enjoy last season, but promotion was the perfect end.
Lee Hodson admitted he didn't enjoy last season, but promotion was the perfect end.

He’s on holiday, the sun is shining and he has a new contract with MK Dons - it’s not a bad time to be Lee Hodson at the moment.

The 23-year-old went flew out to Spain knowing his future was secured with a new two-year deal under his belt, meaning he’ll play in the Championship for the second time next season.

I’ve really enjoyed my two season here. It’s a great club to be a part of.

Lee Hodson

“It’s fantastic to commit my future to this club,” he said, speaking from Spain. “I’ve really enjoyed my two seasons here, it’s a great club to be a part of, with great fans and a great bunch of lads and a great manager. It’s a club that’s really going places.”

Hodson’s career started with Watford in the second tier, and having made 70-odd appearances for the Hornets, dropped a level to Dons in July 2013.

After an impressive first season ended with injury, his second was fraught with similar troubles, limiting the Northern Irish international to just 15 appearances, though he reminded everyone of his name as he scored one of the goal of the season candidates in the 6-0 win over Colchester.

With appearances so limited, Hodson admitted last season wasn’t ideal for him.

He said: “I didn’t enjoy the season, but injuries are part of the game. I was unlucky to come back from injury only to get another long term one against Chesterfield, but watching the guys winning out on the pitch and proving what this team was capable of helped me get through, along with all the medical team.

“I didn’t get to play much, but when I did, I felt I showed the sort of player I am and what I’m capable of.

“I knew from watching the games the job Jordan Spence was doing, and knew it’d be extremely hard to get back into the team when I was fit again.

“But the season ended on a high and now I cannot wait to get playing again in the Championship.”

Hodson is the latest player to put pen to paper on a new deal, following Carl Baker earlier this month, and Joe Walsh, who spend the end of last season on loan from Crawley, signing on a permanent deal yesterday (Thursday).

And with further contract announcements expected in the next few weeks, Hodson believes Dons are in good shape to make a go of things in the Championship next season.

He said: “This squad is certainly capable of holding their own in the Championship. It’s the second time I’ve played there after my time with Watford, and I believe we’ve got enough strength, with a few more signings from the manager, to do what it takes.”