Dons set to snare Smith

Former England international agrees permanent deal

Alan Smith: Spent the second half of last season on loan at the MK Dons

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League One promotion hopefuls MK Dons have announced that former loan star Alan Smith has agreed to re-join the club on a two-year contract.

Smith is expected to make his return official on Tuesday afternoon, having linked up with the Dons for pre-season training.

The 31-year-old was a surprise addition to Karl Robinson's ranks in January when he agreed to drop down into the third tier in a loan switch from Newcastle United.

His deal with the Magpies expired this summer, making him a free agent.

Smith expressed a desire to remain with the Dons during his loan spell, and they have moved quickly to bring him in on a permanent basis.

The former England international was unable to help the club to promotion last season, but will be leading the charge towards the Championship in 2012/13.

"After battling against a number of other clubs for Smith's signature, Karl Robinson will be delighted at sealing the permanent signing of his No.1 summer target," read a statement on the Dons' official website.