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In focus: Peter Pawlett

9 March 2017

mkdons.com takes a look at the career so far of midfielder Peter Pawlett, who has signed a pre-contract agreement with MK Dons...

Born in Hull, Pawlett moved to Scotland at a young age and when he was eight-years-old joined Aberdeen’s Academy set-up.

He progressed through the Dons’ youth-ranks before making his senior debut aged 18 in a Scottish Cup victory over East Fife in February 2009.

Pawlett’s Scottish Premiership debut soon followed – a substitute appearance against Celtic – along with four other first-team appearances before the end of the 2008/09 season.

The midfielder became a much more regular fixture in the Aberdeen side at the start the following campaign, playing 16 times.

As well as establishing himself as a first-team player that season, Pawlett also made his international bow for Scotland Under-19s in a friendly with Germany in November 2009 – despite being English, Pawlett is eligible to represent Scotland due to a FIFA rule which permits a British passport holder who has been educated for at least five years in one of the Home Nations to play for that country.

That same month he also penned a new four-and-a-half year deal with the Pittodrie club, tying him down until the summer of 2014.

The following season, Pawlett matched his appearance total from 2009/10, while he also bagged his first career goal in a 1-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle – a close-range finish which secured all three points for his side.

In 2011/12, he took his appearance total for Aberdeen past 50 by featuring 25 times over the course of the season.

Pawlett’s form saw him earn a call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad and he made his first appearance for the side in a goalless draw with Bulgaria. He played three more times for the Under-21s during the 2011/12 campaign.

Despite being a regular in the Aberdeen side, Pawlett was sent out on loan to Scottish Premiership rivals St. Johnstone at the start of the 2012/13 season. He spent five months with the Perth club where he made nine appearances.

During his time with the Saints, Pawlett continued to feature for Scotland Under-21s, adding a further three caps to his name in the opening two months of the campaign.

Pawlett returned to Pittodrie in late January 2013, featuring 12 times for the Dons before the end of the season.

The 2013/14 campaign proved to be one of Pawlett’s most prolific to date, not least because he found the net seven times in 42 appearances.

During the season he helped Aberdeen reach the Scottish League Cup final – scoring in the semi-final win over former club St. Johnstone – while he also netted the winner in a 2-1 Scottish FA Cup success over Celtic which was the Dons’ first win over the Hoops since 2008.

He was rewarded for his superb season with a call-up to the Scotland senior team in May 2014 for their friendly against Nigeria. Although he didn’t feature in the match, Pawlett was part of the matchday squad.

Pawlett was again amongst the goals in 2014/15, scoring seven times in 45 games - one of those strikes came in Aberdeen’s Europa League tie against Sociedad.

He scored again in the European competition at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, this one in a 3-0 victory over Croatian outfit Rijeka. That goal was one of two Pawlett scored that season in 26 appearances.

Pawlett took his appearance total for Aberdeen past the 200-mark at the start of this current campaign, his ninth with the Dons and what will, of course, be his final one before the move to Milton Keynes this summer.