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Karl delighted with Kyle signing

20 June 2014

Manager Karl Robinson says he is ‘over the moon’ to have completed the signing of defender Kyle McFadzean.

The highly-rated centre-back joined the Dons from Sky Bet League 1 rivals Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee on Thursday to become Robinson’s third capture following on from the captures of Danny Green and Mark Randall.

McFadzean, 27, brings with him a wealth of experience to stadiummk, having played over 155 times for the Red Devils while also helping them achieve back-to-back promotions to League 2 and League 1.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Robinson said: “I’m over the moon. He is a player who I’ve watched for over a year and I’m delighted to now have the chance to work with him.

“When I spoke to him over the phone he came across hungry to reach the Championship and he believes he can do that with us.

“Richie (Barker) worked with him at Crawley, knows him very well and was very impressed with him during his time as his manager.”

McFadzean moves to stadiummk after a four-year spell with Crawley, during which time the Sheffield-born man developed his reputation as one of the most talented central defenders in the lower divisions.

“He’s got tremendous leadership qualities having been a captain at his former club,” Robinson added. “He’s also a very talented footballer who will fit into our defence very well. 

“He reminds me a lot of Danny Swailes, Sean O’Hanlon and Gary MacKenzie.”

Centre-back was an position of need for Robinson heading into this summer following the departures of Shaun Williams and loanee Jordan Spence but with McFadzean now on-board the Dons boss and his team can switch all their focus to other areas and, in particular, the striking department.

Robinson said: “We’re still looking to add to other areas of the team, especially strikers. Myself, Richie, Bobby and Kingy have been working hard to bring in some new faces to that area, as well as others, and we’ll continue to do so.”

Click here to watch an exclusive interview with Kyle following his move to MK1

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