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Gilbey: Coming home

Alex Gilbey shared his thoughts after his return to the Dons…

1 June 2023

The previous two-time MK Dons Player of the Year award winner was ‘over the moon’ with his return to Stadium MK. A place that the player described as ‘home’.

Alex Gilbey returned to Milton Keynes following his departure from Charlton Athletic. Prior to his Addicks move, the midfielder amounted a number of 105 appearances within his previous three-year tenure at the Dons whilst he also located the net a total of 11 times within that stint.
“I absolutely loved my previous time at the club” Gilbey said when he spoke to iFollow MK Dons. He added “As soon as I found out there was interest, I said to my agent ‘let’s get this done because I want to go home’.
“I found a home here, I wanted to come back to the club because I’d say three of the best years of my career I’ve had here.

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“I’m looking forward to getting back out there, getting back up to speed and meeting all my new teammates. Obviously, a lot has changed since I was last here. Except Lewie, (Dean Lewington) he’s still going strong!

“It’s a shame that the club has gone to where it is, but that’s happened now, and I feel like I’ve got a bit of unfinished business I want to take care of and basically get the club back to where it should be.”
The midfielder recently achieved his second promotion from the Sky Bet League Two division whilst on loan with Stevenage in the recently concluded campaign, his first promotion was achieved with the Dons during the 2018/19 season.
The two-time League Two promotion player was Graham Alexander’s first summer signing since he was appointed as the MK Dons Head Coach just five days prior to Gilbey’s arrival.
“I went to meet him (Graham) and I had a really good conversation with him.” Alex said when asked about his new Head Coach. “The way he speaks about football, it’s obvious that he has been there and done it as a player and as a coach too.
“I really enjoyed the conversation, we’re both on the same page and you can tell he’s a winner. Obviously, I want to win games of football, I want to get promoted again.
“I’ve played in this division twice and I’ve been promoted twice so let’s not stop there, let’s do it again.”
Ahead of his return, Gilbey was questioned about his enthusiasm to get back in front of the MK Dons supporters, the midfielder replied “I’m looking forward to getting back out there and seeing the supporters again.

“I think we need to create a togetherness between the players and the supporters, we need to get that back. We had that in the 2018/19 season when we got promoted so we need to get that back and make this a fortress as we did to help us win football matches.”
Finally, the first summer signing commented on his excitement surrounding his return to Stadium MK “I can’t wait to get back out there! I love it here, and I love the supporters. I’m really looking forward to seeing them all again.

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