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Dons capture Reeves

13 July 2013

MK Dons are delighted to announce the signing of former Southampton midfielder Ben Reeves on a free transfer.

Reeves, 21, becomes Karl Robinson’s first permanent signing of the summer, putting pen-to-paper on a one-year-deal with the option of a further year.

The talented central midfielder made 5 appearances for the Saints last season and has attracted interest from a host of clubs following his release from St. Mary’s Stadium. Reeves, who began his career as a left-back, will bolster what is already very talented crop of midfielders at stadiummk.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Reeves said: "It's been an interesting summer, seeing what's around. I was at Southampton for 12 years so it's been different looking around other clubs but I'm happy to be here in Milton Keynes.

"I feel I've definitely picked the right Club. I love the way the team play and I'm really looking forward to being part of things here and hopefully help the team push on."

Reeves joined the Saints academy as a youngster and signed his first professional contract in April 2011.

The Dorset-born midfielder made his debut for Southampton at the age of 18, playing a full ninety minutes in a League Cup clash with Preston North End. Later in the 2011/12 season, Reeves joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan, making five appearances for the Daggers in his first spell away from Hampshire.

Reeves scored his first professional goal in August of last year, netting Southampton’s fourth in a 4-1 victory over Stevenage in the Capital One Cup, before the midfielder made his Premier League debut one month later away at Everton’s Goodison Park.

The 5ft 11in youngster played three more times for the Saints before joining Southend United on loan in February. Scoring the goal which booked the Shrimpers place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley, Reeves went on to make 13 appearances in League 2 before being let go by the Saints upon his return to the club.

Reeves will feature in this afternoon's pre-season friendly away at Leighton Town.

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