Milton Keynes Dons are delighted to announce the arrival of Lewis Price as First-Team Goalkeeping Coach.
Price, who made three appearances for MK Dons during a loan spell at Stadium MK in 2008, joins the Football Club from AFC Bournemouth, where he served as Goalkeeping Coach for their Under-21s side.
The former Wales international enjoyed a 16-year playing career which saw him appear for the likes of Ipswich Town, Derby County, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United amongst others, including the Dons. He was a two-time promotion winner and also collected 11 international caps for Wales.
Speaking to mkdons.com, Price said: “I’m really excited about joining MK Dons. It’s a fantastic club and as soon as you walk into the stadium you're amazed by how incredible it is.
“I loved my short time here as a player and I would have signed if there was the opportunity to do so. Obviously, that was a fair few years ago and the club has grown ever since.
“I’ve known the Gaffer and Chris (Hogg) since being in the youth team at Ipswich (Town) and I played together with Wrighty (David Wright) at Ipswich and at Crystal Palace. I jumped at the chance to work with them - their energy and knowledge of the game is fantastic and they share the same passions I do.
“We’ve got a fairly young goalkeeping department but with some great talent and potential. I’m excited to work with the guys - they’ve got an enthusiasm to learn and improve which is brilliant!”
A product of the Ipswich Town Academy, Price began his football career with the Tractor Boys, making his senior debut for the Suffolk club in April 2004. He went on to total 75 appearances for Ipswich before joining Derby County in July 2007.
It was during his time at Pride Park that Price spent time on loan with MK Dons, replacing a suspended Willy Gueret for three matches between in November 2008. He also enjoyed loan spells with Luton Town and Brentford, as well as playing six Premier League games for the Rams, ahead of a move to Crystal Palace.
Price, who amassed 11 international appearances for Wales during his career, was at Selhurst Park for five years, during which time he went out on loan to Mansfield Town and Crawley Town. Then came a move to Sheffield Wednesday and then, a year after that, a switch to Rotherham United where he played out the remainder of his career.
Departing the Millers in November 2020, Price took up the role of Under-21s Goalkeeping Coach at AFC Bournemouth – a position he held up until this move to Stadium MK to work with Liam Manning.
Head Coach Liam Manning told mkdons.com: “I am really pleased that Lewis has agreed to join the Football Club.
“He is somebody who certainly fits the profile of character we want on the staff and he also brings with him a wealth of experience throughout the leagues, having enjoyed a long playing career.
“I am confident Lewis will be a good addition to the staff and that he will help improve our goalkeepers here at MK Dons.”
Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “We’re delighted Lewis has agreed to join us at MK Dons, and he completes our new, ambitious and forward-thinking coaching team.
“With the timing of the change, it was imperative that the guys we recruited into the staff already had an authentic connection to give them the best chance of hitting the ground running with so many games coming thick and fast.
“Pricey started his coaching badges when he was playing at Crystal Palace so has been preparing for an opportunity like this for a long time, and he will bring us experience of the level and is exactly the type of personality we believe will fit in well at MK Dons.”