Milton Keynes Dons is delighted to announce the Club’s all-time leading goalscorer Izale McLeod has today signed an 18-month deal to rejoin the Dons.
McLeod, who spent three seasons in Milton Keynes between 2004 and 2007, was released by Portsmouth on Monday and manager Karl Robinson has acted quickly to sign up the highly-rated forward. The 28-year-old, who has already netted 11 times this campaign, has signed an 18-month contract with the option of a further year.
The Club are requesting ratification from The Football Association as to when McLeod can make his second ‘debut’ for the Dons. McLeod picked up a one-match suspension in his final appearance for Portsmouth and the Club have asked for written clarification on whether he will serve the suspension this weekend when the Dons travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup with Budweiser, even though the striker is Cup-tied and therefore not eligible to play in the match.
Dons boss Karl Robinson said: “It is great news for the Football Club and the supporters that Izale has returned to MK Dons. We welcome back a more mature Izale with a wealth of experience and I believe he is a much better all-round footballer.
“Izale offers something different to the team, but we all know he is a natural goal scorer and it provides us with strong competition up front.”
McLeod began his career at Derby County in 2002 where he made just over 40 appearances for the Rams, as well as spending time on loan with Sheffield United, before joining the Dons in the summer of 2004. During his first spell in Milton Keynes, McLeod scored 60 goals in 135 appearances and was named the League 2 Player of the Year in 2007.
The former England Under-21 international’s big money move came in August 2007 when he signed a four-year-deal with Charlton Athletic which at the time brought in a Club-record fee for the Dons.
McLeod played 18 times for the Addicks before joining Colchester United on loan the following February, however his spell in Essex was cut short through an injury which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
The goalscorer then enjoyed a spells on loan with Millwall, where he netted twice in five games and Peterborough United before leaving Charlton by mutual consent in July 2010.
Two months later, McLeod signed a one-year-deal with Barnet where he scored 14 goals including a penalty on the final day of the 2010/11 season which saw the Bees survive relegation from League 2.
Putting pen-to-paper on a year extension with the Greater London outfit, McLeod went on to make another 52 appearances for Barnet as well as netting another 22 times.
In August, McLeod agreed a non-contract deal with Pompey and he scored 11 times for the former FA Cup winners before leaving the club by mutual consent on New Year’s Eve.
McLeod returns to Milton Keynes wearing the number 13 shirt.