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Dons to sign Hodson

20 July 2013

Milton Keynes Dons have tonight (Saturday) agreed terms to sign Watford defender Lee Hodson on a free transfer.

Milton Keynes Dons have tonight (Saturday) agreed terms to sign Watford defender Lee Hodson on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old, who has been given permission by the Hornets to play in tomorrow’s friendly against Plymouth Argyle, will sign on a one-year deal with a further one-year option at stadiummk. The deal will be completed next week.

A right-back by trade, Hodson adds some much-needed versatility in the Dons’ defence as he is also capable of playing on the left-side.

Speaking to mkdons.com Robinson said: “Lee ticks every box of our transfer policy this summer, he is young and ambitious but he also has a wealth of experience with over 70 starts in the Championship to his name along with nine full international caps - for someone of his age that’s a remarkable statistic.

“He’s somebody I’ve really admired for a long time. He already knows League 1 from his spell at Brentford last season and I believe he will add great competition for places in our defence.”

Hodson came through the youth ranks at Watford and made his debut in the Championship for the Hornets at 17.

The Borehamwood-born youngster has had to battle Watford stalwart Lloyd Doyley to play in his favoured right-back position but has still managed to rack up an impressive 91 appearances for the Vicarage Round outfit.

In fact, despite his age Hodson already has a wealth of experience to his name with 96 appearances in the Championship and League 1.

Last season he joined Brentford on loan in November and went on to make 18 appearances for the Bees, including an appearance in their play-off semi-final first-leg against Swindon Town.

Hodson, who becomes Karl Robinson’s fourth new signing this summer, has nine caps for Northern Ireland and has also represented them at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 level.

Lee will wear the number 5 shirt.

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