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Corbeanu arrives on loan

Canadian international joins from Wolverhampton Wanderers...

7 January 2022

MK Dons have made Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Theo Corbeanu their first signing of the January Transfer Window.

Corbeanu, 19, moves to Stadium MK on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.

The Romanian-born Canadian, who made his Premier League debut for Wolves away at Tottenham Hotspur in May 2021, spent the first half of the campaign on loan with fellow Sky Bet League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he made 11 league appearances, scored two goals and provided two assists.

Corbeanu is also a senior international for Canada, having scored two goals in six appearances for Les Rouges, including one in three at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was named the 2021 Canada Soccer Youth Player of the Year.

He will wear the number 11 shirt during his time with the Dons.

“I'm very excited,” Corbeanu said in his first exclusive interview with iFollow MK Dons. “This is a new chapter for me and I am looking forward to getting started and kicking on here.

“When I heard that Liam Manning and MK Dons were interested in me, I was excited. I played against the team earlier this season and I knew this is a club that plays a very positive style of football and I think, at this point in time, it is the right next step for me.

“We already have a good side here already, with some really good players who are doing extremely well, and hopefully I can help out. I will look to bring what I'm about, which is a positive style of play, always wanting to play forwards and make things happen by scoring some goals and getting assists."

Born in Ontario, Corbeanu spent time with many academies in his native Canada before joining Toronto’s youth set-up in late 2016. He spent two years in their Academy ahead of a move to England where he signed scholarship terms with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Corbeanu signed a three-year contract with Wolves in October 2020 and made his professional debut for them later in the campaign as a substitute in their Premier League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.

Also last season, Corbeanu earned his first call up to the Canadian national team. He scored on his debut for Les Rouges and has since gone on to total six caps, including three appearances, and a goal, at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The winger joined Sheffield Wednesday at the start of this term but was limited to only five league starts while with the Owls. Corbeanu still managed to contribute to four goals, finding the net twice as well providing two assists.

Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “Theo is someone we’ve admired from afar this season and when the opportunity came up to sign him on loan, we moved really quickly.

“He is a really exciting player who provides us with added dynamism and gives us a threat one-v-one as well as in front of goal. I’m looking forward to watching what he will bring to us for the second half of the season.

“I’d like to thank Wolves, and Matt Jackson in particular, for their help in organising things so efficiently.”

Head Coach Liam Manning added: “We were impressed by Theo when he played against us for Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season.

“He has good physical and technical attributes and shows a real directness in attacking areas, which will give us a new dimension at the top end of the pitch. We are looking forward to working with him"


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