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Dons secure Robson loan

1 July 2021

Milton Keynes Dons are delighted to announce the loan signing of Blackpool midfielder Ethan Robson.

Robson, 24, arrives at Stadium MK on a deal which will run until the end of the 2021/22 season.

A robust but technically-gifted central midfielder, who has 90 career appearances to his name, Robson joined Blackpool from boyhood club Sunderland in August 2020 and helped the Tangerines achieve promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last term.

He becomes MK Dons’ fourth signing of the summer, along with Scott Twine, Franco Ravizzoli and Josh Martin.

“I’m delighted to be here,” Robson said in his first interview with iFollow MK Dons. “This is a great opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started.

“I had a chat with the Gaffer here and I believe MK Dons is a club that is going places. I was part of a successful Blackpool team last season and hopefully I can bring some of that positivity here.

“MK Dons pride themselves on keeping the ball and dominating possession, and that is something that suits me down to a tee. I’m also from the North East so I love a tackle as well!”

Born in Tyneside, Robson began his career with Sunderland, progressing through the Black Cats Academy before making his senior debut in an EFL Cup tie with Everton in September 2017. The midfielder made eight further appearances in the Championship that campaign, including a first league start against Birmingham.

The following two seasons saw the midfielder spend time out on loan, first with Scottish Premiership side Dundee where he scored two goals in 13 games for the Dark Blues, and then with Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two where he played 21 matches, netting three times.

Robson left Sunderland at the end of the 2020/21 season and opted to join Blackpool on two-year deal. The 24-year-old totalled 36 appearances last term, playing his part as the Lancashire club secured promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “Ethan is somebody we have been tracking for a long time, ever since he came through at Sunderland.

“We watched him do well on loan at Dundee and Grimsby Town and then saw him first-hand with Blackpool last season, where he played close to 40 games for them as they earned promotion via the play-offs.

“His attributes are a really good fit for the way we play. The midfield area is an important part of our team and we’ve managed to attract somebody in Ethan who is capable of handling the ball and has great quality going forward.”

Manager Russell Martin added: “Ethan is a gifted footballer who played nearly 40 times for a promotion-winning team in this division last season.

“He really suits the way that we play with both his technical ability but also with his athleticism, and after speaking to numerous people who have coached or played with him, he clearly ticks all the boxes for us.

“Ethan certainly bolsters our midfield and, I have no doubt, will add value to us on the pitch this season.”


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