MK Dons have signed Norwich City striker Carlton Morris on loan.
Morris, 24, arrives from the Premier League Canaries on a deal which will run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
The powerful forward spent the first half of the season with Rotherham United, where he was involved in 10 goals (four goals, six assists) in 27 games for the team placed second in Sky Bet League One.
He becomes Russell Martin’s first signing as MK Dons manager and could make his debut in this weekend’s clash with Coventry City, subject to EFL clearance.
“I’m over the moon,” Morris told iFollow MK Dons in his first interview since arriving at Stadium MK.
“There were a few clubs interested in me but this was the most attractive option for me for various reasons - the team plays an attractive brand of football under the new manager and I know a few people here too.
“Me and Russ have been close for years. He was very helpful to me as a young pro coming through at Norwich. I’ve always appreciated that and now I have the opportunity to work under him – it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up on.
“The team has gone to strength to strength with some good results recently and I think this is a good place to be. I can’t wait to get going and getting my teeth stuck into the big games we’ve got coming up and hopefully I can help the team have a successful end to the season.”
Born in Cambridge, Morris began his career with Norwich City, joining the Canaries at the age of 11. He turned pro in May 2013 and made his debut two years later, as a substitute in a Sky Bet Championship fixture with Wigan Athletic.
The striker has enjoyed various loan spells during his young career, spending time with Oxford United, York City, Hamilton Academical and, more recently, Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town.
He arrives at Stadium MK with 23 goals and 14 assists to his name in 141 senior games.
Manager Russell Martin said of his new signing: “I’ve known Carlton for a while, having been with him at Norwich City.
“He’s a real athlete and he gives us another option at the top end of the pitch, as he can be a focal point for us to play off. He’s also a player who knows this league, having done really well here for Shrewsbury Town and, this season, with Rotherham United.
“I’ve spoken often about bringing in the right character and Carlton certainly fits that bill. There are not many bigger characters than him that I’ve come across, especially at his age. I’m not only pleased about what we’re adding on the pitch, but off it as well.”