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Andrews is a Don...again!

2 February 2015

The Dons have completed the loan signing of former captain Keith Andrews from Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.

The cultured midfielder had been on loan at Watford from his parent club but the Hornets agreed to cut short his spell at Vicarage Road in order for him to seal a move back to stadiummk.

Andrews scored 21 goals in 87 appearances during his first stint with the Club, as well as playing a pivotal role in the double-winning campaign of 2007/08 – the Club’s most successful season to date.

Speaking to mkdons.com, the 34-year-old said:  “This will be the third time I’ve worked with Keith – first with the Dons in 2007, then with Blackburn and now back here again.

“He’s a person I admire both on and off the field and his ability to motivate and drive everybody around him is unrivalled. He will be an unbelievable asset to us.

Robinson added: “I’d like to thank all parties involved in allowing this to happen. It’s a deal that has taken longer than any of us would have liked but thankfully, with hours remaining before the deadline, we’ve been able to get our man.”

Andrews first moved to Milton Keynes in September 2006, during Martin Allen’s reign as Dons boss. The Irishman, who immediately became club captain, featured 40 times for the side that season as they reached the League 2 play-offs.

The following season, with his former Wolves teammate Paul Ince at the helm, Andrews continued to shine, netting 14 goals, including a penalty in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final victory at Wembley Stadium. He also scored the winning goal in the 3-2 triumph against Stockport County, one which secured the Club’s first-ever promotion from League 2.

The playmaker, who won the League 2 Player of the Year award for 2007/08 campaign, made three appearances at the start of the following season before joining Ince at Premier League side Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

Since his departure, Andrews has played in the top tier for the Rovers and West Bromwich Albion and featured regularly in the Championship for clubs including Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion and, more recently, Watford.

He has also made over 30 appearances for Republic of Ireland and was ever-present during their UEFA Euro 2012 campaign – his performances during that tournament helped him to earn the FAI Player of the Year award in 2012.

The Dubliner, who scored once in 11 appearances during his time with the Hornets this campaign, returns to stadiummk not only as player but as a support for Robinson, whom he worked with during his first stint in Milton Keynes.

Keep your eye on mkdons.com for an exclusive interview with Keith.

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