It has been announced that Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith is joining League One side MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.
Alan Smith – joining MK Dons for the rest of the season
The 31-year-old former Leeds United and Manchester United player has appeared in only two cameo substitute appearances for Newcastle this season, and Alan finds it hard to make the bench in his fifth season on Tyneside.
Smith joined Newcastle in the summer of 2007, when then manager Sam Allardyce brought him in for £6M from the Red Devils.
Since that time Alan has appeared 94 times for Newcastle, and he was instrumental in helping Newcastle get promoted at their very first attempt from the Championship in 2010, when Smith showed his leadership qualities throughout the season.
Alan played 37 times in his first season on Tyneside, and then appeared 35 times in the promotion season of 2009-2010, and in the season in between – the relegation season – he was out most of the time with a serious Achilles injury.
The Dons are in 5th place in League One and are in a play-off position, and their goal this season is to gain promotion, and they obviously think Smith can help them to do that.
Smith is on around £60K a week wages, and it seems the MK Dons will be paying only a small portion of those wages, but we suppose something is better than nothing, because it was unlikely that Alan would play in the Newcastle first team again this season.
Smith has played for only 5 minutes in those two substitute appearances this season for the Magpies, and since Newcastle gained promotion he has appeared only 16 times.
The Dons manager is Karl Robinson and a club insider at the Dons is quoted as saying:
“Karl has always taken a keen interest in Alan’s career over the years.” “He realised Alan wasn’t starting for Newcastle and put in a cheeky offer for the player – not expecting for one minute it would be taken seriously.”
“Alan is desperate to get regular first team action, and had a frank and honest conversation with Alan Pardew, who told him he had no immediate future at the club.”
“Everyone at MK Dons is thrilled and believe their new star signing will provide the promotion push they need.”
Alan Smith needs to play football so in that sense this should be a good move for Alan, and of course he will be a free agent come June, and will be hoping to hook up with another club in the summer.
Alan’s great experience and excellent leadership skills should be a boon for his new team, and we’ll be following MK Dons and Alan to see if they can make it to the Championship next season.
We wish Alan all the best at MK Dons, and thank him for his leadership and good performances during our promotion year.