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Swansea bring in MK Dons' Jermain Easter on loan

Jermaine Easter
Easter joined MK Dons from Plymouth on a two-year deal in June 2010

Swansea City have signed MK Dons' Welsh international front man Jermaine Easter on loan until 31 January 2011.

The Cardiff-born eight-cap Wales player, 28, joined the Dons from Plymouth Argyle on a two-year deal in July 2010.

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers lost Marvin Emnes earlier this month when he was recalled by parent club Middlesbrough.

Rodgers has also made enquiries about Eidur Gudjohnsen, Daniel Sturridge and Carlos Vela.

The Swans also have strikers Stephen Dobbie, Craig Beattie and Gorka Pintado on their books.

"I'm delighted to be here,'' said Easter told the Swans' website. "It happened so quickly. I had a few phone-calls yesterday [Wednesday] and here I am today [Thursday].

"My contract at MK Dons ends at the end of the season and I've made it clear that I want to play Championship football and have international aspirations. So the opportunity to come here was perfect for me.

"Swansea keep the ball well and have lots of possession. Hopefully I can work off the midfielders and the wingers and get myself some goals.

"I've had a few injuries this season, but I grabbed 20 [goals] last season in a mid-table side and I'm hoping to score a few more for Swansea.''

Jermaine has the talent to play in the Championship and if any environment can create that for a player then it's this one - as it proved for Marvin Emnes

Swans' boss Brendan Rodgers

Cardiff-born Easter had a glimpse of the Swans earlier in November, watching the south Wales derby.

"I thought Swansea were different class against Cardiff," said Easter.

"It's crazy, but I remember sitting on the sofa with my wife watching the game and saying that I would love to play in that team with all the chances they get. And here I am - it's madness.''

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers said: "It's a difficult time to bring players in, but it was important to get someone who will contribute to the group in a busy period.

"Jermaine has the talent to play in the Championship and if any environment can create that for a player then it's this one - as it proved for Marvin Emnes.''

Dons manager Karl Robinson said: "We're disappointed to lose him, but Swansea are a big club challenging for promotion to the Premier League and this represents a big opportunity for Jermaine.

"If he does well at that level then I'm sure there will be a number of clubs interested in signing him in January.

"If he comes back he'll do so knowing that we gave him every opportunity to fulfil his ambition of playing Championship football."

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see also
Rodgers steps up striker search
13 Nov 10 |  Swansea
Easter urges Wales to look ahead
12 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Easter leaves Argyle for MK Dons
14 Jul 09 |  Milton Keynes
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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