Izale McLeod is expecting an emotional reunion with the Milton Keynes Dons fans when he finally pulls on the Dons shirt again.
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Some five-and-a-half years on though, Izale can now look forward to the day he runs out at stadiummk as an MK Dons player having rejoined the Club on an 18-month deal.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with MK Dons Player, Izale said: “It’s brilliant to be an MK Dons player again; it’s rare that players go back to their old club but I’m really happy and I can’t wait to get started.
“When the Club formed in 2004 I was part of that and it has grown so much as a Football Club since I have left in 2007 and to be back and be a part of it again is something special.”
The Dons have never been too far from Izale’s mind, he still lives in Milton Keynes and has his own business in the city, and he’s never been too far from the supporters’ minds either.
On countless occasions prior to now the striker has been linked with a move back to the Club, his name has been muttered in the stands and at every Fans’ Forum he has been the one player recommended to the Chairman and manager.
McLeod said: “It’s going to be emotional if I’m honest because the first time round was a great period in my career, I scored a lot of goals and coming back I hope I can score as many, if not more. To play in front of the fans again, who were good to me the first time round, it will be really special.”
When Izale departed in 2007 it was for a then-Club record fee and in his time away from Milton Keynes he has experienced a great learning curve in the game at the likes of Charlton, Millwall, Barnet and Portsmouth.
He returns as a free agent and Izale believes he can offer much more than he did in his first stint with the Dons, which saw him become the Club’s record goal scorer with 60 to his name.
He added: “When I signed for MK Dons I was 19 years old, I stayed for three years and I was still learning my trade as a centre forward. I think I have become an all-round better player, I am still a goal scorer but I think my all-round general play is better than what it was five or six years ago. That is the difference, I have improved as a player and I am more mature having played the game for longer.”
The full, exclusive interview will soon be available on MK Dons Player.