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Tom and Jay pen new deals

9 July 2012

Jay O'Shea and Tom Flanagan have signed new two-year deals with Milton Keynes Dons.

The duo had options taken up on their contracts earlier this summer, but the Dons have moved to secure their long-term future with both players putting pen to paper and extending their stay at stadiummk until June 2014.

Jay joined the Dons as a free agent last summer after completing a successful trial period with the Club. The Irish winger made a great impression during his first year with the Dons, although his impact in the first team was delayed until midway through the season after recovering from injury.

The former Birmingham City player quickly held down a place in the starting XI as he went on to score six goals in 35 appearances. 

A Blues trainee, Jay has enjoyed several loan spells up and down the country but has finally settled in Milton Keynes and he was delighted to secure his future with the Club. 

He told "It's great to be given a new contract. I thought I was doing well before I got injured last season so I knew I had to come back, get fit and prove myself. Hopefully now I can have a couple of injury free seasons and can try and do what I did at the end of the last year."

Tom came through the Dons' successful Academy system and after spending some time out on loan with Kettering Town in 2011, he had his breakthrough season in 2011/12 as he totalled 25 appearances and registered three goals - including two superb acrobatic efforts. 

The towering centre-half proved to be a reliable asset to Robinson who saw fit to keep the youngster at the Club for a further two years. 

And Tom was equally as pleased to be a part of the Club's long-term future. Speaking to he said: "I really enjoyed last season so it's a big relief to be signing and hopefully I can now look forward to two years of playing more football.

"I'll definitely be pushing to play around 30 to 40 games next year and I'll be working hard to make sure of that."

Robinson added: "I was very pleased with the development of both Jay and Tom last season. It is easy to forget they're both still in their early 20's. Jay's an exciting player who can change a game in an instant with his trickery and pace while Tom just keeps getting better and better every game. To have them both here for two more years will only strengthen our squad and help us achieve our aims."

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