What ever happened to Dons defender Jordan Spence?

Former West Ham man spent three spells at Stadium MK

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 10:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 10:13 am
Jordan Spence

Jordan Spence was another highly regarded talent to arrive at Stadium MK with Premier League calibre when he joined the club on loan in October 2013 from West Ham.

Capable at right back and centre back, Spence made 12 appearances and scored once during his first loan spell at the club before returning to Upton Park in January 2014. A month later though, he was back at Stadium MK for the remainder of the season where he established himself in the side following the departure of centre back Shaun Williams, who was sold to Millwall. He would end the campaign with 31 appearances and two goals.

Despite drawing attention from clubs in the Championship following his release from West Ham upon his return, Spence penned a permanent deal with Dons, initially on a one-year deal with an option for a second. "It feels great to be back, I'm really, really happy to be here," he said. "I've said many times how much I enjoyed my spells here last season, so I'm looking forward to pulling on the Dons shirt once again."

Playing primarily at right-back after the signing of Kyle McFadzean the same summer, Spence kept George Baldock out the side as the youngster was farmed out to Oxford United for the second half of the season. Spence meanwhile played a key part in Dons' charge to promotion to the Championship, playing 44 times.

Dons' season in the second tier was struggle for the club, with wins few and far between. Despite his impressive season at right-back the previous year, Spence failed to find his feet in the Championship. In January 2015, Baldock was recalled from his season-long loan at Oxford and was thrust straight into the Dons team again, where he would hold down the right-back spot until he left for Sheffield United in 2017. Spence, though, would struggle to regain a place in the side and would make just six more appearances before being released in the summer.

After trials at Ipswich, Birmingham and Rotherham, Spence spent six months out of the game before he was offered a deal with the Tractorboys in January 2017. He remained at Portman Road for two-and-a-half years before being released when Ipswich were relegated from the Championship.

Spence again would spend six months on the shelf before he signing for Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag in January, making four appearances for the club before the season was suspended.