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Walker re-signs with MK Dons

Goalkeeper extends stay at Stadium MK...

12 August 2020

MK Dons have re-signed goalkeeper Laurie Walker, extending his affiliation with the Club where he began his career.

Walker, who returned to Dons last summer after 10 years away, bolsters the goalkeeping unit alongside Lee Nicholls.

He becomes the third out-of-contract player to renew their contract with the Football Club, along with Dean Lewington and Ben Gladwin.

“I’m grateful to Russ and the Club for their support,” Walker told mkdons.com. “It was a long time coming, but the Club have obviously had to make cutbacks, with all that is going on. It’s nice to get this done and have that clarity of what’s happening.

“I’m really close with Lee, and since Deano [Dean Thornton] has arrived he’s been massive for me in helping me develop as a keeper. Getting the opportunity to continue to work with them two guys is pleasing. It’s great to get my teeth into it and keep working with them.”

Walker, 30, began his career with the Dons, but left Stadium MK in July 2009 at the end of his scholarship period.

He made the move to then-non league Cambridge United before returning to the EFL with Morecambe the following season.

Since 2012, Walker has tallied up over 250 senior appearances for the likes of Kettering Town, Leamington, Brackley Town, Hemel Hempstead Town as well as Hampton & Richmond Borough and Chelmsford City, with whom he enjoyed loan spells last term.

Goalkeeper Coach Dean Thornton said of Walker’s return: “I’m delighted, to be fair. Laurie plays a big part in our group and it’s something that we’ve been looking to get done.

“He was brilliant when I arrived in November. He was fantastic in and around the group, and I’m hoping that’ll continue this season.

“He played a massive part in pushing Lee, which is something you don’t see behind the scenes of training. The way Lee performed on the pitch was due to Laurie and the guys last season helping him develop as a keeper.”


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