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Samir signs!

6 August 2014

MK Dons are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Samir Carruthers from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

Carruthers passed a medical and agreed personal terms before putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.

The deal sees the 21-year-old return to stadiummk having enjoyed a loan spell with Karl Robinson’s men side last season, which included a superb solo effort in the 2-1 win over Oldham Atheltic.

Samir’s stay was unfortunately cut short due to a posterior cruciate ligament injury and although he has fully recovered from that, he suffered a minor thigh injury playing in a recent pre-season friendly for Villa which will keep him out of action for a short period of time.

“It’s exciting and it’s what I wanted,” he told MK Dons Player. “Obviously I know the Club from before, I’m pleased to be back and I can’t wait to get going again. It’s like coming home.”

He added: “The knee injury was hard at the time and no player wants to go through that, but I’ve come back fine and my knee is healthy.

“Now I need to work hard with Si (Simon Crampton) to recover from this thigh problem, get myself fit and into the manager’s thinking for selection.”

Karl Robinson told “I understand some fans might be thinking why have we signed a player who is injured but we’re building for the future. He is part of the long-term strategy here and that’s shown with his three-year deal.

“He’s an exceptional talent and one day I believe he will be back showcasing his ability at the top.

“Having seen him play here last season, I’m sure the fans will be excited to see Samir play in a Dons shirt soon, especially now he is a permanent member of the squad.

“I like to thank Paul Lambert and Aston Villa for their help with getting this deal done.”

He added: “As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, the recruitment pattern has changed and the signing of Samir adds to what we believe has been a successful summer in the transfer market so far.”

Carruthers was on the books with Arsenal as a schoolboy but opted to switch to Villa in 2009 and subsequently signed professional terms with the Midlands side.

In the 2011/12 season he made his debut under then-boss Alex McLeish when he was introduced as a 86th minute substitute in Villa’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.

His reputation does not just come from first-team football, the Islington-born midfielder has been capped at Under-19 and Under-21 level for Republic of Ireland and he played a pivotal role in helping Villa’s reserve side to Barclays Premier Reserve League South success three years ago.

Carruthers was also part of the Aston Villa Under-19s side that won the NextGen Series title two seasons ago, a tournament where 16 of Europe’s top young sides compete in a Champions League style format. Villa saw off teams such PSV Eindhoven, Olympiacos, Sporting CP and Ajax en route to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the final.

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