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Dons swoop for Hall

4 February 2014

Milton Keynes Dons have this evening signed free agent winger Ryan Hall on a deal until the end of the season, subject to Football League clearance.

earlier this evening after meeting manager Karl Robinson and will train with his new team-mates on Thursday ahead of the trip to Walsall this weekend.mkstadiumHall, 26, sealed the switch to

The talented forward had been unattached since his release from Leeds United in November and despite interest from several Championship clubs he has opted to bolster Karl Robinson’s attacking options at MK Dons.

Hall will wear the number 21 shirt.

A Crystal Palace trainee, Hall made his professional debut for the Eagles in November 2007 as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Hall, who had spent time with Lewes the previous season, then joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a month’s loan before switching to Crawley Town after scoring two goals in eight appearances for the Daggers. Hall would make a further seven appearances for the Red Devils that season.

Following his release from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2008, Hall joined Conference South side Bromley on a permanent basis and it was here that he would catch the eye of Southend United, who would later sign him in July 2010.

Hall scored nine goals in 48 appearances in his debut season for the Shrimpers; form which earned him a two-year deal at Roots Hall. Hall would also lead League Two in assists.

The former England C international’s good form continued into the 2011/12 season and he finished the campaign with an impressive 14 goals in 54 games, while also assisting more goals than any other player in all four English divisions.

Hall’s impressive stats saw him linked with a host of Championship clubs the following summer, with Peterborough United lodging an official bid for his services.

In October 2012, Hall joined Leeds United on loan with a view to a permanent move and he made his debut for the Elland Round outfit in a 1-0 loss against Birmingham City later that month. The option to make the deal permanent was taken up in January.

Hall, though, was limited to just eight appearances for the Whites last year and after failing to cement a first-team place at the beginning of this season, he joined Sheffield United on a month’s loan in September. Upon his return to Elland Road, Hall was released from his contract.

Spending the last month and a half with non-League side Bromley, where Hall was playing free of charge, Hall joins the Dons looking to prove himself in the Football League once again.

Watch Hall’s first interview as an MK Dons player on mkdons.com on Wednesday.

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