The player Dundee manager James McPake most feared losing in this transfer window has given the club a timely boost by instead extending his contract at Dens Park.
Graham Dorrans has signed a new 18-month deal through to the summer of 2021.
MK Dons have been doing their best to persuade the former West Brom, Rangers and Scotland midfielder to move back down south, with McPake half-expecting his future to be up in the air until the close of the window.
Dorrans, though, has “bought into” his old Livingston team-mate’s project at Dundee and wants to get the Dark Blues back into the top flight – if not this season but next.
“I’m delighted to get the deal done,” he said.
“It’s been a great period for me, getting back to playing week after week. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the club. The players and staff have been brilliant with me.
“I’ve bought into and feel excited about what the club is trying to achieve with bringing through the young players. I’m enjoying working with them and helping them.
“The club’s ambition remains the same as when I came in, to get Dundee back to the Premiership, and I’m hoping to play a major part in making that happen.”