Keith Andrews has finally completed his loan move to MK Dons for the rest of the season.
In a deal that has taken nearly a month to get over the line, the Irishman’s parent club Bolton Wanderers, the team he was on a season-long loan Watford and Dons finally came to an agreement on transfer deadline day.
Andrews led Dons to both the League 2 title and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2008 before securing a move to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.
The 34-year-old has been training alone at Woughton-on-the-Green, after negotiations hit a stumbling block.
But when a deal could finally be agreed, manager Karl Robinson said he was delighted to finally land his man.
“This will be the third time I’ve worked with Keith” said Robinson. “First with the Dons in 2007, then with Blackburn and now back here again.
“He’s a person I admire both on and off the field and his ability to motivate and drive everybody around him is unrivalled. He will be an unbelievable asset to us.
“I’d like to thank all parties involved in allowing this to happen. It’s a deal that has taken longer than any of us would have liked but thankfully, with hours remaining before the deadline, we’ve been able to get our man.”
Andrews joined Dons in the summer of 2006, penning a deal with Martin Allen from Hull.
Establishing himself as a first team regular at the National Hockey Stadium, Andrews took over the captain’s armband a year later under Ince’s leadership.
Andrews scored 14 goals from midfield in the double-winning season, including memorable strikes against Peterborough at London Road, at Stockport to secure promotion, and at Wembley in the JPT final, earning himself a move to the Premier League.
He has since played for the Republic of Ireland, and was voted Ireland’s Player of the Year in 2012 after being their stand-out performer during a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
In recent years, Andrews has moved to West Brom and Bolton, while having loan spells at Ipswich, Brighton and Watford.