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Dons wave goodbye to trio

17 May 2014

Alan Smith, Izale McLeod and Ryan Hall will all leave MK Dons this summer upon their expiry of their contracts, the Club confirmed on Friday.

Manager Karl Robinson announced his retained/released list yesterday morning and revealed that the trio would be free to sign for other teams once their current deals expire on June 30th.

Smith, 33, initially joined the Club on loan from Premier League side Newcastle United before making the switch permanent the following summer.

The former Manchester United and England striker made a total of 86 appearances during his time at MK1 and scored three goals, including the winner in the memorable 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.

That goal against the Blades, along with his committed performances, helped establish Smith reputation as a fan’s favourite at stadiummk.

Speaking to MK Dons Player, Robinson said: “Smithy is an icon amongst the fans and he’s somebody who will be a friend of the Club and me for forever and a day.

“He’ll be a loss in the dressing room but he understood the age bracket that we’re going for next year and he knows the direction I want to take the Football Club.

“I wish him all the luck in whatever he decides to do. He was a great guy to have around and I’ll always be an advocate of his on and off the field.”

McLeod, meanwhile, leaves MK1 having added a further 53 appearances and 11 goals to his Dons tally.

The 29-year-old, who still remains the Dons’ all-time leading goalscorer, is free to move on after he and the Club mutually agreed not to activate the option in his contract for a further year.

“I respect (Izale) as a person and as a footballer as well,” Robinson noted. “I told him that I’d made my decision as to where I wanted to go with the team and unfortunately he wasn’t part of that.”

Finally, Hall waves goodbye after only a short spell with the Club. The former Southend United and Leeds United winger moved to stadiummk in February and featured 11 times for the Dons, scoring one goal.

Robinson added: “Ryan was only here for a short period of time but I still think he had an effect on us all. He worked hard, he’s a great lad and I wish him all the luck. Hopefully his time here will be something he looks back on fondly.”

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