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Dons seal Banton loan

17 July 2013

MK Dons have today completed the loan signing of Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton until January 5th 2014.

 on Wednesday and the former England Under-17 international will link up with his new team-mates this morning ahead of the trip to his ex-club Plymouth Argyle this weekend. mkstadiumBanton, 20, sealed the temporary switch to

Dons boss Karl Robinson has made public his desire to strengthen in the wide areas and the Liverpudlian will be hoping Banton, who scored six goals in 14 games for Argyle in League 2 last season, is the man to provide that excitement from the flanks.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Robinson said: “Jason is someone I have known for a while from my time at Liverpool and Blackburn.

“He is a very gifted footballer who is yet to reach his full potential but showed glimpses of what he can do while he was on loan with Plymouth last season. I would like to thank Ian Holloway for helping this deal happen, and I believe with someone like Ian watching over Jason he could be a great success in the game.” 

Born in Tottenham, Banton enjoyed spells with Arsenal, Spurs and Blackburn Rovers as a youngster before signing professionally with Liverpool in January 2011.

After failing to make a first team appearance for the Reds, Banton signed for Leicester City the following summer and immediately joined Burton Albion on a month-long loan, where he made his first professional appearance against Bradford City.

Following his spell with Burton, Banton left the Foxes in October that year before heading out to the United States where he trained with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Seattle Sounders.

In October 2012 Banton joined Crystal Palace on trial last summer and the winger did enough to earn himself a one-year-deal at Selhurst Park. Banton made his first team debut for Palace in an FA Cup tie against Stoke City in January of this year before signing for Plymouth Argyle on loan until March.

Banton’s impressive goalscoring form at Home Park earned him both the League Two Player of the Month award for March and a new one-year-contract at Palace, who recalled him from his loan spell in April.

Banton has been given permission by Palace to play in both the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season but will not feature in the FA Cup for MK Dons. 

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