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Ben: Delighted to be here

15 July 2013

MK Dons’ newest signing Ben Reeves is eager to get started after completing his switch to stadiummk.

Reeves penned a one-year-deal with the Football Club last Saturday afternoon, two months after he was let go by Premier League outfit Southampton.

The talented central midfielder received a ton of interest during the summer but opted for a move to Milton Keynes to work under manager Karl Robinson and the playmaker is looking forward to his newest challenge.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Reeves said: “I’m delighted. You can see straight away, with the infrastructure, this is an up-and-coming club and I’m excited to be here.

“I’ve only been here for a day and I’ve already seen the quality of the team and hopefully I can add to that. Karl Robinson has shown faith in me by bringing me here and so I’m looking forward to repaying him too.”

Reeves, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time today, didn’t have to wait long to make his first appearance in a Dons shirt, deputising in the friendly against Leighton Town the same afternoon he penned his contract.

“I really enjoyed that.” He added. “I was tired and it was tough adjusting to the conditions because I don’t think I’ve ever played in heat like that but I still really enjoyed it.

“Hopefully I can show a lot more in the games coming up. Players want to play games so if it’s right for me to be involved tomorrow (Tuesday) then I’ll get another chance to show the fans more of what I can do.”

Starting his career as a nine-year-old left-back with Southampton, Reeves has developed into an exciting attacking midfielder in recent years, with the youngster making three appearances in the Premier League for the Saints in the ‘number 10’ role.

The versatile 21-year-old, however, is just looking to get game time in 2013/14, regardless of position.

“I used to be a left back but then when Nigel Adkins came along he pushed me further up the pitch and it started to work well for me.

“Preferably I like to play in the number 10 role behind the striker, but I can also play the number 8 or number 6 - any of them three I feel are my best positions.

“I also played out wide when I was on loan last year at Southend but I just want to play now really. I’m just happy to be on the pitch, whatever the position, that’s the main thing really.”

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