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Battle for starting XI place

2 August 2012

Ryan Lowe is a striker of great pedigree; he is hungry, ambitious, determined but best of all he knows what it takes to achieve success.

The latest Dons recruit moves to stadiummk after experiencing two promotions in as many years.  He won promotion to League 1 with Bury in 2010/11 before making the switch to Sheffield Wednesday where played a big part in helping the Hillsborough outfit earn automatic promotion to the Championship.

Despite all that success though, Lowe joins the Dons knowing he faces a fight to ensure he is in Karl Robinson’s starting XI. 

The Dons’ fire-power is looking healthier than ever before with Charlie MacDonald, Jabo Ibehre, Alan Smith and Lowe all looking to be the number one striker. And that is not to forget last year’s top goal scorer Dean Bowditch who, despite playing in a wider position, can still play as the lone striker.

Lowe, who met up with his team mates for the first time during this morning’s training session, is excited by the challenge that awaits him.

“This is a fresh challenge for me; it’s going to be a fresh start for this season. We have a lot of quality proven players and goal scorers so it will be a fight for me to get into the starting XI hopefully I can do that and I can pay back the manager and the players around me by putting in good performances and scoring some goals.

“I’m a hard-working lad, most people from Liverpool know there is only one way – you have to win, you have to fight, you have to break sweat and you have to give it your all. I think that is what I have done all of my life, I’ve worked hard to get where I am in my career.”

Having joined a squad that score over 100 goals in all competitions last season and with Mick Harford and Ian Wright part of the coaching set-up, Lowe is expecting exciting times at stadiummk.

“I’m delighted to be here, this is becoming a great Club. There is great infrastructure, a great manager, staff and players so I’m happy to be here. The team were there (in the play-offs) all season but they fell at the final few hurdles hopefully this season we can make it third time lucky and get up to the Championship. The manager sold the Club to me by the style of football and the coaching staff here, I’m just happy to be part of, hopefully, a successful team this season.

“As a striker you thrive on chances and you only have to look at the chances this side creates. Hopefully I can be on the end of a few, get some more goals and if we can get more than we did last season that can hopefully take us up.”

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