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Dons swoop for Kay

10 August 2012

Milton Keynes Dons can today confirm the signing of defender Antony Kay following his release from Huddersfield Town.

The 29-year-old joins the Dons as a free agent and has put pen-to-paper on a two-year-deal.

The Barnsley-born footballer has proved his worth in both defence and midfield during his career so far and will provide the Dons not only with experience but with some added versatility.

Kay becomes the fourth new recruit to stadiummk this summer, following in the footsteps of Jon Otsemobor, Alan Smith and Ryan Lowe, who have all joined the Dons’ quest for promotion.

Antony began his career in his childhood town, rising through the ranks at Barnsley before making his firstteam debut in August 2000. Making 197 appearances during his seven year stay with the Tykes, Kay scored the fourth and final penalty in the play-off final shoot-out against Swansea City to send the South Yorkshire club to the Championship.

At the end of the 2006/07 season, the 5ft 11in Yorkshireman signed a two-year deal with League One side Tranmere Rovers. After scoring seven goals in his first season at the club, including the fans goal of the season against Carlisle United, he converted from his natural position of centre-back into a lethal midfielder netting 10 more times the following year.

After missing out on a chance of promotion on the final day of the season, Antony made the switch to Huddersfield Town in May 2009 where he was part of the Terriers side that made it to the play-off Semi final before being defeated by Millwall.

In the following May, Kay was involved in a second consecutive play-off semi final and scored the decisive penalty that sent Town to Old Trafford in 2011. Reverting back to a defender during his spell in West Yorkshire, the experienced defender achieved his second promotion honour in another play-off campaign in May 2012 after being part of the side that overcome the Dons in the semi-final.

Now part of that MK Dons team, Kay is looking aiming for a third promotion from League One, he said: “This is a great club with some great players and they have made some quality signings. 

“They’ve been in the play-offs nearly every year I can remember so hopefully we can go one step further this time and get promoted.

“I think it helps having a bit of experience and knowledge of how to get promoted so hopefully I can bring that to the club and the players and help us get up.

“Any player that has ever played against MK Dons knows how well they pass it and the way they play and all footballers want to play that way.

“It’s one of the reasons why I’ve come here and I can’t wait to get started.”

 Dons boss Robinson added: “He is someone who has been identified by not only myself but previous MK Dons managers as a player who would be a tremendous asset. I think it is a fantastic signing for the Club and he offers us a great wealth of experience, plus he knows what it takes to get promoted.

“He brings a tremendous strength in depth by being able to play in defence and midfield which is a great option to have. He’s versatile, talented, he’s a winner and he’s a captain figure too.”

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