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Harley revs up the Dons

31 December 2012

MK Dons have agreed a deal with Brighton and Hove Albion for the loan signing of midfielder Ryan Harley.

will be completed once the transfer window opens tomorrow (1st January), will join the Dons until the end of April and, if required, he will be available to feature in the play-offs during May.mkstadiumThe 27-year-old, whose switch to

The news comes a week after midfield duo Stephen Gleeson and Luke Chadwick picked up long-term injuries and manager Karl Robinson publically declared his desire to bring in a midfield replacement in their absence.

Harley began his football career at Bristol City and made his debut for the Robins against Port Vale in August 2004.

After featuring only one more time for the South West club in a then-LDV Vans Trophy tie with a Danny Wilson led Dons side, the Bristol-born man joined non-league club Forest Green Rovers on loan in October 2005 before signing permanently with Weston-super-Mare a year later.

Harley then made the switch to then-Conference side Exeter City in November 2007, having scored six goals in 26 appearances for Weston-super-Mare, and made his debut for City two months later.

Harley netted 21 times in over 100 games for the Grecians during a three-year stay in Devon where he played a crucial role in the club’s promotions from both the Conference and League Two before joining Swansea City on a free transfer in January 2011.

After being loaned back to Exeter for the duration of the 2011/12 season, Harley then signed for Brighton & Hove Albion the following summer for an undisclosed fee, making his debut in a League Cup tie victory over Sunderland.

With two years remaining on his current deal in East Sussex, Harley has made a total of 18 appearances for the Championship outfit and has found the net on two occasions.

.mkstadiumHarley is set to be involved in the Dons’ npower League 1 match against Notts County tomorrow (Tuesday). He will wear the number 20 shirt during his time at

Karl Robinson also confirmed the Club are in talks with Izale McLeod, who became a free agent following his release from Portsmouth today.

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