Lowe exit was right for club, insists Jones

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Dave Jones has no regrets about letting Ryan Lowe leave for MK Dons last summer.

Lowe has hit seven goals this season and the need for a striker is probably a January priority for the Owls.

But Jones must have felt that Lowe was not what he needed for the Championship, and Lowe missed out on playing at this level for the first time as he remained in League One with Dons.

All will be conscious that after Keith Treacy’s match-turning return to Hillsborough with Burnley on Tuesday there is the threat of another Owls old boy stealing the show today.

Jones regards Lowe with respect: “He did well here. He played a big part in promotion; he came on and scored his goals; he started in the team when I first arrived.

“But he was getting older and wanted the security of an extension to his contract.

“We then got money for him and we thought the decision was right.”

Lowe will be 35 in September and has spent all his career in the lower divisions, with Shrewsbury, Chester, Crewe, Bury then Wednesday and after successes with the Shakers and the Owls will be aiming for another promotion with Dons.

Wednesday are believed to have recouped about £75,000 of the £100,000 that he cost from Bury a year earlier.

He made only four starts under Jones - games in which he scored three goals - then was kept out of the promotion side by the partnership of Nile Ranger and Gary Madine, but netted his ninth and final goalfor the club in the 3-0 home win against Oldham at Easter after going on as a sub.

His tally for the Dons has come in 17 league and cup starts and 12 appearances from the bench.

He was a popular, down-to-earth character in his time at Hillsborough and seems sure to be given a warm reception by the crowd in recognition of his part in the promotion season: Treacy received some respectful applause when he went on as a sub for Burnley.

Lowe is likely to be joined in the Dons team by another former Owl, Darren Potter.

MK manager Karl Robinson said: “It’s a great stadium and the fans there are magnificent.

“They’ve got a good man in charge there in Dave Jones and they’re well set up behind the scenes. We’ve done a lot of work with them and the people there. They’re good people. We haven’t had a lot of luck there, but we’ve always played well. We’re going there to win, not to make up the numbers.”

The Owls beat Dons 3-1 at home last season.