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Loan deal over the Lines

22 January 2013

MK Dons have tonight (Tuesday) completed the loan signing of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Chris Lines until the end of the season.

Lines made 47 appearances for the Owls in their League 1 promotion-winning campaign last season and arrives atstadiummkto help bolster Karl Robinson’s squad ahead of a busy schedule of games between now and the end of the season. 

The Bristol-born playmaker completed the switch to MK1 this evening and will link up with his new team-mates tomorrow ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie with QPR this weekend, where he will be eligible to feature. Lines will also be available for the play-offs, if required.

Speaking to, his new boss Robinson said: “Chris is a player I have admired for a number of years now; in fact he is a player I tried to sign two years ago.

“It is no secret that I have wanted to bolster the midfield since we suffered the long-term injuries to Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson, and by bringing in Ryan Harley and now Chris Lines we believe we have the creative spark we have been missing.

“Chris is a talented footballer who scores goals from midfield and I think he will fit in well with our team.” 

On signing Lines said: "I am looking forward to joining MK Dons and hopefully getting some games under my belt. I really need some playing time and one club that immediately came to my attention was MK Dons because I like how they play the game and they are doing well in League 1."

A trainee for his local side Bristol Rovers, Lines made his debut for the Pirates in January 2006 against Chester City. The 6ft 2in middleman quickly established himself as a first team regular at the Memorial Stadium and helped guide a then-Paul Trollope led Rovers side to League 2 Play-Off success in 2007.

After scoring 23 goals in 190 appearances in the South West, Lines joined Sheffield Wednesday on a three-year-deal for a reported fee of £50,000 in August 2011 following Bristol Rovers’ relegation from League 1.

The 27-year-old netted his first for Wednesday in a 2-1 victory over Morecambe in the FA Cup this past campaign before adding another three to his tally as Dave Jones’ side finished second in League 1 in 2011/12.

Sidelined through injury at the start of this season, Lines has been limited to only six appearances for the Championship outfit this season but will provide the Dons with added experience and quality as they look to earn a place in the second tier of English football.

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