Mitchell back with the Dons

Paul Mitchell is back with the Milton Keynes Dons after his spell with Wigan Athletic and has agreed a two-year deal.

Mitchell arrived at the National Hockey Stadium last week to finalise the details on his move, the player having made a big impact during his three-month loan spell at Dons between December and February.

He made 14 appearances at the heart of the Dons midfield before a knee injury forced his return to the JJB Stadium.

Dons manager Danny Wilson has tracked the 24-year-old over the summer, and so moved to tie down the combative midfielder, whose contract with Dons will start when his current Latics deal expires on July 1.

Mitchell said: "It doesn't seem like a minute since I was here a few months ago and I'm really excited to be back.

"I had the knee injury in the Hull game here, but I'm well over it now and had a good few weeks of training with the Wigan lads.

"It was nice to get that under my belt and I'm fit and raring to go for pre-season."

Mitchell admits he kept a close eye on the Dons progress in the nailbiting run-in to the 04/05 season and added: "I was tuned in on the day listening to what was going on against Tranmere so I was delighted when I heard them stay up.

"I have very fond memories of my time here. Danny gave me my chance to get back playing again, and once I did that and got speaking to him in the summer I wanted to get things sorted.

"The fans were also a massive incentive to come back because I came to watch a couple of the games when I was injured and I was talking to them about the future.

"There were a few clubs who were interested in me, but I kept in close contact with Danny and in my heart there was only one place to go, and I was very eager to come back here."

Mitchell is also convinced that there will be no repeat of last season's relegation dogfight. With his good friend Ben Chorley also signing on the dotted line, Mitchell says he will be looking more to the other end of the table next term.

"I've not come here just to be in a relegation fight again, I've come here to try and win things."

Although he wasn't directly involved in Paul Jewell's side during the Latics run-in, he was pleased to see his boyhood team hit the big time.

""It was like being invited to someone else's party because I didn't have much to do with Wigan's season. I would have preferred to be celebrating here against Tranmere because I contributed more.

"Wigan resemble this club a bit because they started small and are now in the big time. And with Danny at the helm and the enthusiasm of Pete Winkelman, there's no telling what this club can achieve in the future, I'm just glad to be a part of it."