Russell Martin has confirmed that defender Joe Walsh will leave MK Dons this summer.
Walsh was offered a new contract to remain at Stadium MK but Martin revealed in his weekly press conference that the Club’s deadline on that deal has now passed.
“Joe Walsh will move on,” the Dons boss told the media. “I had a chat with him and his agent and they are still exploring other options, but our timeline has gone on that one.
“He’s been a top servant for this Football Club and he’s a top lad but he’s decided to move on and we have to respect that.”
Walsh joined the Dons in March 2015, initially on loan from Crawley Town, before making his stay in Milton Keynes permanent that summer after helping the side secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship
He has since gone on to total 145 appearances, helping the Dons achieve another promotion, this time from Sky Bet League Two.
The Club would like to thank Joe for his immense contribution over the past five seasons and which him every success in the future.
*Russell Martin also provided an update on the futures of Joe Mason and Callum Brittain, who are also mulling over contract offers to remain with the Dons.
“With Joe Mason, talks are still ongoing,” Martin revealed. “Hopefully that will get sorted, one way or another, soon because we want to get people in the building as soon as possible.
“With Callum, he came in on Friday and we had a really good chat. We’ll wait and see what happens with him.”
“He’s a very good player and we expected there to be interest in him. We’ll wait and see but I’m still hopeful he’ll be back with us. We’re prepared, though, if he isn’t.”