Experienced midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has returned to his roots by signing for MK Dons until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
The 33-year-old began his career with Wimbledon and captained the team in Milton Keynes in 2003/04. He moved on to West Ham and Aston Villa and captained England Under-21s, while his most recent spell in football came last season with Norwegian side IK Start.
He has been training with the Sky Bet League One relegation battlers for the last three weeks, playing in two Under-23 fixtures.
Reo-Coker said on mkdons.com: “I’m very happy to get the deal over the line. This a great opportunity for me and I’m thankful to (manager) Dan (Micciche) for giving me this opportunity.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. There is a real family-friendly atmosphere, which is what the original foundations of the club is built on. I feel good and I feel like I have good foundations to build upon.”
Reo-Coker’s last spell in English football came with Ipswich in 2012/13, after which he moved to North America and played for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas USA and the Montreal Impact.
Micciche said: “First and foremost, credit must go to Nigel because from day one here he has worked hard and has been a positive influence around the place. We are light in the midfield having lost Alex Gilbey to injury so he provides us with another option there.
“He brings huge experience and great leadership qualities, which will be invaluable to us – we have some big games coming up and he has that experience of how to handle high-pressured situations.”
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