VIDEO: Dons and Church ‘a perfect fit’

Striker Simon Church had little hesitation in signing for MK Dons in a move he has described as ‘a perfect fit.’

The Welsh international joins Karl Robinson’s squad ahead of their first season in the Championship, something the 26-year-old has extensive experience of.

Simon Church

Simon Church

Starting his career with Reading, he was with the Royals when they won the league in 2012.

Since then, his career has hit the stumbling blocks and he has struggled to find goal-scoring form.

After being released by Charlton at the end of last season, Church said joining Dons was an easy decision.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I had a look around last week and spoke to a few people about the move.

“There’s obviously a huge buzz about the place after what they achieved last season.

“On a personal level, the philosophy the manager has, the style of football they play and how ambitious the club is is a perfect fit for me.

“Last season, the team showed they’re more than capable of playing in the Championship.

“With my experience, having already won the league, I’ve spent most of my career in the Championship.

“I was talking to other clubs, but this felt right. I want to get back playing at a high level and I hope I can do that here.”

And with Wales on the brink of qualifying for the European Championships next summer, Church hopes he can build up a head of steam with Dons and get himself back into Chris Coleman’s squad.

He said: “That’d be a dream come true, to get back into that starting line-up. I need to be playing football to do that.”

Church joins Tom Hitchcock as the only strikers on Robinson’s squad list so far, though the manager expects that to change before the start of the season.

The manager said: “Simon’s someone who has played in the Championship for a number of years.

“It’s important to have players in the squad who are used to that, and what is expected.

“He wants to help Wales qualify for the European Championships in the summer and he wants to be part of that squad.

“We have to make sure we get one or two more strikers along the way too.”