Jennings must prove himself

Dale Jennings
Dale Jennings

Dale Jennings is being offered the chance to resurrect his career with MK Dons, according to Karl Robinson.

The 22-year-old winger has had a stop-start career since leaving Tranmere four years ago for Bayern Munich.

Since returning to England two years later with Barnsley, Jennings spent a month on loan at stadium:mk with impressive results, though couldn’t help his parent club avoid relegation to League 1.

And after a disappointing season last time out, Jennings was released by the Tykes, prompting a move from Robinson.

But there is a lot riding on it for Jennings, who Robinson believes has to prove himself before he can get a chance of first team football.

However, Robinson remembers all too well the potential Jennings possesses, having witnessed a one-man show away at Tranmere in 2010, which saw Jennings lead Rovers’ to a 4-2 win at Prenton Park.

“It’s probably the best single performance I’ve seen against my side when we were away at Tranmere. He scored twice, won a penalty and set one up. And he was a teenager.

“And he was amazing in that December when he was here.

“Last year, he lost his way and put some weight on. He’s got a lot of work to do, and there are a lot of contractual things he needs to meet. He’s got to work hard to prove he should be at this club.

“I’ve giving him the chance to resurrect his career. But he’s 22 and we’ve got a great record with players of his age. He’s someone I’m really excited about.

“We have to get it right, but so does he. He’s a great kid.”