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Dons sign Saddlers striker Ibehre

Jabo Ibehre
Ibehre has made 248 Football League career appearances

Milton Keynes Dons have made Walsall striker Jabo Ibehre their second summer signing on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old former Leyton Orient man turned down a new deal with the Saddlers after scoring 11 goals in his sole season at the Banks's Stadium.

Ibehre told the club website: "It's absolutely fantastic to be signing for the Club and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to play here.

"I'm itching to work with Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton. I can't wait."

The 6ft 2in frontman added: "The club had a great season last time out and just missed out on automatic promotion, so with a couple of additions over the summer we have a great opportunity to go one step further and really build something.

He has excellent ability as a striker, is a very focused young man and is extremely hungry to succeed - all qualities that made him an very attractive player

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman

"I'm someone who likes to learn, someone who wants to improve and excel at everything I do.

"I just want to carry on getting better - I want to learn and hopefully coming here I can keep doing that and crack on again."

Ibehre netted the goal that effectively ended the Dons' promotions chances at the end of the season.

Chairman Pete Winkelman said: "Robby (Di Matteo) and his team were very impressed with Jabo last season, not just as a result of his performance at stadiummk, but having monitored him for some time before that.

"He has excellent ability as a striker, is a very focused young man and is extremely hungry to succeed - all qualities that made him an very attractive player.

"At just 26, he has his best years ahead of him and we can all look forward to seeing him flourish in an MK Dons shirt."



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