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Dons sign Seagulls defender

O’Hara arrives from Brighton to bolster Dons’ defence…

21 August 2020

MK Dons have signed Brighton & Hove Albion’s highly-rated young centre-back Warren O’Hora on loan.

O’Hora, who becomes Russell Martin’s fifth signing of the summer, will spend the 2020/21 season at Stadium MK, subject to EFL and FA clearance.

Brighton’s Young Player of the Year last season, O’Hora has been a regular for their Premier League 2 side since moving to East Sussex from Bohemians in January 2018.

He has played three times for the Seagulls in the EFL Trophy, including his debut against MK Dons in November 2018.

“I’m buzzing,” O’Hora told iFollow MK Dons after completing his move to Stadium MK.

“The style of play that the Gaffer wants to play is very attractive and it suits me down to the ground. When the opportunity came up to come here, it was very hard to say no.

“I’m really looking forward to challenge. Hopefully I can grab the opportunity with both hands, play a fair few games and show what I can do.”

O’Hora began his career with Dublin-based Bohemians, progressing through their Academy to make 11 senior appearances in Ireland’s top flight.

He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2018 and quickly established himself as a regular for the Seagulls’ Under-23s – he has so far totalled 30 Premier League 2 appearances, while also contributing three goals.

The defender, who has represented Ireland at Under-18s and Under-19s level, has also played in three EFL Trophy games for Brighton, including their 3-2 victory over MK Dons back in November 2018.

“Warren is someone we’ve liked for a long time,” Manager Russell Martin said. “From our time watching Under-23s football, he’s one of the best we’ve seen.

“He’s ready for men’s football. He’s a physical and a powerful player, and he can use the ball really well too. Most importantly, though, we received incredible character references for him – everyone we spoke to about him mentioned his leadership skills.

“He is a young player so we’ll have to patient with him and he’ll have to be patient too, but I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he can really add to the squad.”

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