DONS boss Karl Robinson says Jon Otsemobor has the ability to be a huge asset to the club next season – if they can keep him fit.
After passing a medical, the 29-year-old has signed a one-year contract at stadium:mk following his release from Sheffield Wednesday where he made 37 appearances in two seasons.
Before helping the Owls to promotion to the Championship he had enjoyed spells at a number of clubs, most notably Crewe Alexandra and Norwich City – making over 100 appearances for the latter. He has also played for Hull City, Bolton, Rotherham United and Southampton.
A product of the Liverpool Academy, Otsemobor and Robinson have known each other for some time – indeed the Dons manager has admitted that he tried to sign the lively wing-back last summer as part of the deal that brought Darren Potter to Milton Keynes.
Otsemobor made five Premier League appearances in the 2003/04 season, four with Liverpool and one on-loan at The Reebok Stadium, before leaving Anfield. He also played twice for the Reds in League Cup ties.
“I’ve know him since he was a kid so I’ve worked with him before,” said Robinson. “He was out for most of last season with an injury but I believe, if we can keep him fit, that we’ve got the best right-back in the league.”
With right-back being a problem position for Dons last term, Robinson has certainly moved to address that issue. However, signing a man who played just 16 times last season will be considered something of a gamble. He started Wednesday’s 1-1 stadium:mk draw with Dons in January and his last outing came in a home defeat to Stevenage in February.
Otsemobor said: “One of the main reasons why I’ve come here is the style of football Dons play, which suits he down to the ground. I can’t wait to get going.”
Otsemobor will meet up with the rest of the Dons squad when they return for pre-season training at the start of next week.