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Defender Long joins Dons on loan

24 March 2016

MK Dons has signed Burnley’s defender Kevin Long on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season.

Long, a centre-half who can also feature at full-back, has made 105 career appearances, including 27 for his parent club. He has also scored seven goals, two of which have come in this campaign.

The 25-year-old moves to stadiummk for the final eight games of the 2015/16 season and will bolster a Dons defence which lost Kyle McFadzean to a three-match suspension and is still without the injured pair of Joe Walsh and Matt Upson.

Karl Robinson told “We saw him play for Barnsley this season and he was exceptional in the games that we watched.

“Kevin ticks a number of boxes for us - he’s a wonderful size and he’s good on the ball.

“I told him he’s got to come here and fight for his place. He could have gone to three other sides where he would have been guaranteed a start but he said he wants to come here and fight for a place.

“He wants to come here for the right reasons. It’s key that we bring in players with the right mentality, given our position.

“I want to thank Sean Dyche for allowing us to have Kevin. Sean raved about his mentality.”

He concluded: “He’ll strengthen the defence. Kyle is suspended for three games and is one booking away from another three-match ban, while Joe Walsh and Matty Upson are coming back from injury. It’s a position we didn’t want to leave ourselves short in going into these final games.”

The deal includes a 24-hour recall after 28 days.

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