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Ryan: Enjoyed Dons debut

2 January 2013

Loanee Ryan Harley had only been with the Club 24 hours when he made his debut in the 2-1 victory over Notts County on New Year’s Day.

Harley, who agreed a switch to stadiummk until the end of the season on New Year’s Eve, played a key role in the Dons’ first victory in three games and grabbed a debut assist when his delightful free-kick was met by the head of Darren Potter for the game’s opening goal.

The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder hadn't played a competitive fixture since 25th August but showed no signs of rust as he, along with Potter, controlled the game for large parts, showing the 311 travelling Dons fans why manager Karl Robinson had been keen to secure his services so early in the transfer window.

And Harley, when speaking after the win over the Magpies, revealed he was delighted to have made the temporary move to MK1 and was equally as pleased with starting his Dons stint with a win.

He said: “The gaffer’s obviously needed to bolster his squad and so he spoke to my agent, they got it done and I was happy to join.

“I know most of the lads here having played against them a number of times and so it’s been quite easy to settle in. The boys have helped that too, though, and now I’m looking forward to spending the next few months here.

“The game (against Notts County) was difficult as Meadow Lane can be a tough place to come and so to play like we did was really impressive and I really enjoyed it - it’s nice to get back playing.

"It was hard to play the football we wanted and so we didn’t pass it as much as we probably would have liked. The pitch was really boggy and you couldn’t seem to get your feet under the ball for example but I think we did enough to show what we’re all about.

“We’re obviously in the play-off places at the moment and, although there’s still a long way to go, promotion is definitely possible for this team.”

Click here to watch a full interview with Ryan Harley on his debut for the Dons against Notts County

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