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Burns turns pro

12 May 2014

Goalkeeper Charlie Burns has today signed his professional contract with the Football Club, MK Dons are pleased to announce.

until at least June 2015.mkstadiumThe 18-year-old, who made his senior debut in last Saturday’s clash with Leyton Orient, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with the option for a further year. The deal will keep him at

Speaking to, Burns said: “I’m over moon to have signed professionally. Everything just seems to have come together for me in the last couple of the weeks.

“It was very exciting getting the chance to be involved in the first-team this season and working alongside full-time professionals. It was a valuable experience and it gave me a lot of confidence.”

Burns continued: “I’m in a good position because I can learn off two good goalkeepers who have plenty of experience and Healdy (Paul Heald), who I’m very thankful to.

“I just can’t wait for the season to start now. I wish last weekend’s game was the first of the season. I’m itching to get going again.”

The Surrey-born shot-stopper joined the Club as a 16-year-old in 2011, taking over as the Under-18s’ number 1 goalkeeper a year later.

Burns then left stadiummk upon the completion of his scholarship last summer but after returning and impressing as a third-year apprentice, the youngster now becomes the sixth player in the current first-team to have progressed through the MK Dons academy.

Goalkeeper coach Heald added: “Credit has to go to Charlie. He’s had a roller-coaster ride to get to where he is today but only his hard work and dedication that’s got him here.

“He’s taken everything on board. He didn’t stop and feel sorry for himself after not getting a professional deal last summer and he’s just got stronger and stronger.”

“A lot of credit has to go to Dave (David Martin) and Ian (McLoughlin) as well as they’ve worked with him and helped push him a long. You learn from your peers and seeing the way those two train has helped push Charlie on and it’s provided him with a good environment to learn.”

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