Upson bolsters Dons’ defence

Matthew Upson in action for Brighton.
Matthew Upson in action for Brighton.

Former England international Matt Upson has joined MK Dons on a year-long deal.

The 36-year-old left Premier League side Leicester City earlier this summer, bringing with him a wealth of experience.

As well as 22 England caps and a World Cup under his belt, Upson has played 450 appearances at club level for the likes of Arsenal, Birmingham City, West Ham and Stoke.

Upson becomes manager Karl Robinson’s third signing in a week, after the arrivals of Rob Hall on loan from Bolton Wanderers and Sam Gallagher from Southampton.

Speaking about his move, Upson said: “I’m very pleased to be here and I’m excited about the new challenge. This is a Club that has grown in stature and I see it as an exciting place to be.

“Me and the gaffer have been chatting a lot about the style of football the team play and it’s something I feel I’ll fit into well. The experience I bring with me is something I’d like to think can help too.”

Karl Robinson added: “We’ve got ourselves an experienced defender who has played in the World Cup and the Premier League. I think having good leaders around the place is important.

“It’s a unique one in terms of the mould of player we would usually go for but sometimes they are there to be broken if it’s the right type of player.

“We are really excited about the experience he can bring. He’s also a calming influence and a good character.”