Date: 30th July 2015 at 6:02pm
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MK Dons have signed defender Matt Upson following his departure from Leicester City.

The 36-year-old signs on a one-year deal and will add a wealth of experience to the Dons defence, which could be vital in the Championship.

Upson has made 450 career appearances for the likes of Arsenal, Birmingham, West Ham and Stoke as well as 22 England caps, including during the 2010 World Cup. Upson has also recently played for Brighton (player of the year in 2013/14) and Premier League Leicester City so can clearly still perform at the top level.

You would expect to see Upson replace Antony Kay alongside Kyle McFadzean in central defence, and his signing has perhaps influenced fellow defender Tom Flanagan`s recent trial at Burton Albion.

Dons boss Karl Robinson valued what Upson could bring to his side for their first season in the 2nd tier, telling MK Dons Player:

“We`ve got ourselves an experienced defender who has played in the World Cup and the Premier League. I think having good leaders around the place is important.

“It`s a unique one in terms of the mould of player we would usually go for but sometimes they are there to be broken if it`s the right type of player.

“We are really excited about the experience he can bring. He`s also a calming influence and a good character.”

Upson was also pleased to be at the club and, like with the loan signing of Sam Gallagher yesterday, its great news we`re this calibre of player. He said:

“I`m very pleased to be here and I`m excited about the new challenge. This is a Club that has grown in stature and I see it as an exciting place to be.

“Me and the gaffer have been chatting a lot about the style of football the team play and it`s something I feel I`ll fit into well. The experience I bring with me is something I`d like to think can help too.”