MK DONS boss Karl Robinson says he is delighted to have completed the signing of striker Ryan Lowe from Sheffield Wednesday, and the man himself is chomping at the bit to score goals for his new club.
The 33-year-old has penned a two-year contract at stadium:mk, and insists he would not have left Wednesday for just any club after spending barely a year at Hillsborough following a £100,000 move from Bury last August. He has a very impressive 131 goals from 331 Football League appearances to his name.
Scoring nine goals in 14 starts for the Owls in their successful League 1 promotion campaign last season, Lowe felt his chances of first team football in the Championship were limited, and despite never playing in the second tier before, deciding to swap South Yorkshire for Milton Keynes.
He said: “I have just left a great club in Sheffield Wednesday. I was probably going to be limited to chances of playing football and I don’t want to just sit around picking up money, I want to work hard for my money.
“There are not many clubs that I would have left Wednesday for so I have come to this club to hopefully achieve the ambition of getting promoted this season.”
“Hopefully it can be third time lucky for the club and hopefully I’m a good luck charm and I can make it a third promotion for me.”
Beginning his career with Burscough, Lowe joined Shrewsbury Town in 2000 where he went on to score 37 times in five seasons for the Shrews, winning the Nationwide Conference play-offs, before moving to Chester City.
Continuing his goal-scoring form with Chester, the Liverpool-born man scored 17 times in his first and only season with the club before signing for Crewe Alexandra in July 2006.
Spending two years at Gresty Road, he tallied 17 goals, and after a stint on loan with Stockport County, he re-joined Chester City.
Despite finishing the season with 18 goals, it was the following seasons with new club Bury where the talisman made a name for himself by breaking a 53-year-old club record for scoring in nine consecutive Football League fixtures.
The former PFA League Two Fans Player of the Year was instrumental in Bury’s successful promotion to League One in 2011, and after scoring 53 goals for the Shakers in two years, Lowe earned himself a move to Hillsborough where he won his second successive promotion.
Robinson said: “Ryan is a player I’ve identified as a target for over a year now. He’s an extremely gifted footballer with a prolific goal-scoring record and I’m delighted he’s now part of our team.
“With two promotions in two years, Ryan has excellent experience of knowing what it takes to be successful and we want successful people at MK Dons.
“He has come in to join a strong group of forwards and we now have great strength in-depth that offers great competition which will only strengthen our push for promotion.
“We only add players who can challenge for a place in the first team and we still have plans to add one or two more faces before this window closes.”