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Friday 15 December 2017

Ireland's Andrews happy to be a 'Don' once again

FORMER Ireland man Keith Andrews is keen to get back to playing again after he finally secured his move back to MK Dons.

The Dubliner has been in a difficult position for over two months as his loan spell at Watford effectively ended when he fell out with Hornets manager Slavisa Jokanovic and Andrews, on loan to Watford but still under contract with Bolton, was left to train on his own, and he has not kicked a ball in anger since November.

But following a long pursuit, MK Dons have sealed a deal to bring Andrews (right) back to the club where he enjoyed success (2006-2008) after they managed to sort out a contract wrangle with Bolton and Watford.

Dons manager Karl Robinson will give Andrews a coaching role as well as his playing duties and he's pleased to see the midfielder back at the club.

"This will be the third time I've worked with Keith" said Robinson (above left). "First with the Dons in 2007, then with Blackburn and now back here again.

"He's a person I admire both on and off the field and his ability to motivate and drive everybody around him is unrivalled. He will be an unbelievable asset to us.

"I'd like to thank all parties involved in allowing this to happen. It's a deal that has taken longer than any of us would have liked but thankfully, with hours remaining before the deadline, we've been able to get our man."

Andrews said: "I'm delighted to be here. Everyone knows how much this club means to me and the affinity I have with the Dons." Andrews lined out for Wolves and Hull early in his career but things took off with his 2006 move to MK Dons and from there he earned a Premier League move.

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