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Dons swoop for Wales’ Williams

16 February 2015

MK Dons have re-signed Wales international and former Academy star George Williams on a youth loan from Fulham.

The 19-year-old striker, who made three appearances for the Dons during the 2011/12 season, will spend the remainder of this campaign at stadiummk. He will wear the number 35 shirt and could feature at Colchester United on Tuesday, subject to Football League clearance.

Williams is fondly remembered for scoring on his Dons debut in the 6-0 FA Cup victory over Nantwich Town in November 2011 which, at the age of 16 and two months, made him the Club’s youngest-ever goalscorer – a title he still holds to this day.

Dons boss Karl Robinson, who handed Williams that debut, said of the signing: “Seeing George score that goal in the FA Cup was probably one of my proudest moments as manager.

“I was so gutted when he left and I took that really hard because he’s a kid who has got everything. By the same token, I am so proud of what he’s already gone on to achieve - seeing him play alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for Wales for a start.

“For whatever reason he’s found himself as a sub for Fulham so we’ve brought him here to hopefully relight the fire. I’m really excited by this one and he can definitely give us something different.”

Williams progressed through the Academy at stadiummk alongside the likes of Dele Alli and Brendan Galloway, before making his first foray into the first-team set up in November 2011 for that FA Cup clash against Nantwich.

The Newport Pagnell-born forward went on to make a further two appearances for Robinson’s side before opting to sign a professional deal with then-Premier League outfit Fulham in the summer of 2012.

Scoring regularly for both the Under-18s and Development sides at Craven Cottage, Williams earned himself a call-up to the Wales Under-21 squad in March 2014 before, three months later, being included in the Welsh senior side for their friendly with Holland.

Williams came off the bench in that clash against the Dutch to earn his first international cap in front of 51,000 spectators at the Amsterdam ArenA. He has gone on to feature four more time times for his country, one of which - a 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Cyprus - was from the start.

This season, Williams made 16 appearances for Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship, including eight starts. He will now be hoping to add games and goals to that tally during his time back in Milton Keynes.

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