To most, Alan Smith’s switch to stadiummk on loan last January was viewed as a complete shock. Fast-forward six months and Smith’s permanent move to Milton Keynes was seen as an even bigger surprise to most of the footballing world – but not the Dons.
During his five month loan spell, Leeds-born Alan made it perfectly clear that he wanted to re-join the Club in the summer regardless of the division they were in and he stuck to his word.
Karl Robinson referred to signing Alan as his ‘main target’ and after signing a two-year deal and flying out to Dublin with the squad for pre-season training, the former-Manchester United man spoke to mkdons.com about his decision to join the boys from MK1.
“When I came here last year I felt part of what the club were trying to achieve” he said.
“I made it clear I wanted to stay. There were quite a few other clubs in higher divisions that were interested, but I think for me, in this stage of my career, I’ve come to the perfect place.”
Moving from the Premier League to League One, a lot was made about the wages involved in his loan move to stadiummk last season and many considered it out of the question that the Dons would be able to afford the hard-working forward. However, Alan re-iterated that money was never a factor in making his decision...
“I think last year a lot of people were saying that I’d never come here permanently because of my wages, but the money was of no interest to me.
“I loved my time at the Club last season and I’ve come here without any wage demands outside of anyone else – I’m exactly the same of the rest of the lads in the dressing room.”
Alan scored in the play-off defeat to Huddersfield Town and felt the heartache of missing out on promotion. But the former Champions League semi-finalist believes that the Dons have a great chance of going up this time around.
“The clubs moving forward, it’s got a direction it wants to move in and it’s got a great set of players that we’ve managed to keep hold of. We’ve added players as well and that gives us all the hope of automatic promotion this season.”
Alan’s often said his greatest achievement was recovering from the horrific injury he suffered whilst playing for Manchester United but now, having committed to the Club for two years, he only has one goal in mind.
“I want to help MK Dons achieve what they want to achieve.
“Maybe I’ll hang my boots up at the end of this but before then I’ll be trying everything in my power to help us win promotion to the Championship.”