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Getting to know you: Jake Hesketh

Learn more about MK Dons’ latest recruit, Jake Hesketh…

31 January 2019 lists a number of things you may not know about midfielder Jake Hesketh, who has become the Dons third signing of the January Transfer Window.

Strong Groundings
Born in Stockport, Hesketh and his family moved to Hampshire soon after his birth - he would then join Southampton’s prestigious academy at the age of nine. The midfielder has remained with The Saints ever since joining them and won the Under-18s top scorer award during the 2013-14 season – the same year he won the Scholar of the Season award.

Silverware as a Youngster
During his time in the academy system at the St Mary’s Stadium, Hesketh was part of the side that claimed the Under-21 Premier League Cup in 2015. He made 22 appearances for the Under-21s that season, scoring two goals on their way to lifting the Cup.

Premier League and Europa League Experience
Despite being just 22-years-old, Jake Hesketh has played in both the Premier League and Europa League. His debut in the top flight was certainly a memorable one with it coming against Manchester United. The midfielder replaced Dusan Tadic with 20 minutes remaining, and while they were beaten 2-1, it’ll certainly be a memory that’ll live long in the memory of Hesketh.

Elsewhere, the midfielder has also featured in the Europa League, with his debut in the competition coming against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Relationship with Coaching Staff
During his time at Southampton, Jake Hesketh would’ve worked with First Team Coach Danny Butterfield. That experience with Butterfield will no doubt help him settle in at Stadium MK.

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