Exciting forward Brandon Thomas-Asante has signed his first professional deal with MK Dons.
Thomas-Asante, who has been with the Club since the age of 12, made his senior debut in the opening-day victory over Shrewsbury Town. He has gone on to make a further four appearances in the first team.
Karl Robinson told mkdons.com: “Brandon deserves this. I’ve been aware of his talent for a number of years and he has developed a lot as a player and as a person – he’s a good character and is great to have in the dressing room.
“We gave him an opportunity to join the first team in pre-season and he took that chance with both hands. There’s more to come from him but knowing him like I do, he’s eager to keep working hard, pushing on and, ultimately, be the best he can.
“Brandon is an exciting player with a lot of potential and I’m relishing the chance to try and help him continue to develop at MK Dons.”
Director of Youth Mike Dove added: “He’s very determined and focused on what he wants to achieve. He listens which is always good and he’s got a good support structure around him at home.
“I’ve found that pre-season for second years can be completely life-changing for these boys. They get a chance to train with the first-team and some are able to go over to Ireland. It’s amazing to see which boys realise how important it is and step up and impress – Brandon is one of those.
“To come back in pre-season and step up the way he did was very impressive. I can see the way he’s changed his game and persona. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops this year.”
Thomas-Asante becomes the second second-year scholar this season to sign professional terms with the Club after Oran Jackson, who penned his deal back in July.
Dove said: “It’s a great achievement given that we’re not even in the middle of September and we’ve had two second years signed to professional contracts. I’m really pleased.”
Thomas-Asante was one of 13 academy players and graduates that featured in the thrilling EFL Cup win at Newport County, while he also netted the winning penalty in the recent Checkatrade Trophy tie against Barnet.
He told MK Dons PlayerHD: “I’m really ready to push on – I want to keep improving and be the best I can be.
“I’m enjoying it so much. All the fans have taken to me so well and I’m motivated to make the most of this chance and show everyone what I’m capable of.
“The work starts here. This is an event in my career but this is only a small part of what can happen. I want to do a lot at MK Dons.”