Age: 32 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 0(0) *
Although centre-back hasn’t exactly been a problem position for the club in recent years, there has been a seeming deficit in leadership, leading to some sloppy goals conceded and moments where the defence has cracked under pressure. Although there always have to be reservations about signing players over the age of 30, this is a squad that has become almost dangerously young over the past 12 months and McFadzean’s experience is a necessary quality for us at this moment in time. Perhaps more importantly, McFadzean is a player who adds proven quality, both at this level and above, to the squad and is something of a statement of our intentions heading into the coming season.
McFadzean cut his teeth rising up through non-league with Alfreton Town and Crawley, when he was brought in to MK Dons, he was there to add a physical edge to a possession-oriented side but he proved that he is also a defender that can distribute the ball effectively. He has backed that up with his more recent spell at Burton Albion – a more physical and defence-minded side – where he was a leader in a side that defied the odds to spend two years in the Championship. McFadzean is not only someone who will add leadership and physicality to our back-line as would be expected but his ability on the ball makes him a good fit with the recent change in style in mind. This is a very strong start to our summer transfer business.