mkdons.com takes a closer look at returning Academy graduate George Williams, who will spend the 2016/17 season on loan at Stadium MK...
Williams progressed through the Academy at Stadium MK alongside the likes of Dele Alli and Brendan Galloway, before making his first foray into the first-team set up in November 2011 for an FA Cup clash against Nantwich Town.
The then 16-year-old replaced Charlie MacDonald in the 77th minute and went on to score the sixth goal in the 6-0 victory, becoming the Club’s youngest-ever goalscorer - a title which he still holds to this day.
The Newport Pagnell-born forward made 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 six more time times for his country, as well as be a part of the squad at this summer’s Euros.
In 2014/15, Williams made 16 appearances for Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship, including eight starts, before re-joining the Dons and playing four times prior to an unfortunate injury cutting short his loan spell.
Once fully recovered, he featured once for Fulham before impressing during a loan spell at League One side Gillingham in the second half of last season.