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Naylor announces retirement

Naylor made over 100 appearances during her time with the Dons...

29 July 2020

MK Dons Women can announce that Louise Naylor has decided to retire from football.

A popular member of the squad since joining in 2014, Naylor has made over 100 appearances and played a key role in the Dons gaining promotion to the National League Southern Premier Division.

She also leaves the club with four Berks and Bucks FA Senior Cup winners medals to her name.

“After 6 years with MK Dons Women, it is with great sadness that my playing days have come to an end,” Naylor told “I have enjoyed every minute of it and all that I have achieved as a MK Dons player.

“The progression of the Women’s team since I have been here has been great. To play a part in the club’s journey has been a proud time in my career. I can only see the club developing with the ambition of the players, staff and support of the club.”

Naylor made her debut against Luton Town in 2014 after joining from Queens Park Rangers. She leaves as one of the highest appearance makers in the Club’s history.

Football Development Manager, Jack Sharp, had the following to say about Naylor’s departure: “Lou has played a pivotal role in the development of the MK Dons Women’s team and has played a huge part in all of the recent successes that the Club has had.

“To amass over 100 appearance for any club is a terrific achievement. Players who only have an exception level of professionalism, dedication and ability are able to hit these landmarks.

“Lou will always have a home at MK Dons and we hope to use her experiences off the pitch to help develop the female football landscape in Milton Keynes”

First Team Manager, Charlie Bill added: “Lou has been a fantastic servant of the club. Last season we made her captain, where she continued to show her leadership qualities both on and off the pitch and certainly made my step up to first team head coach an easy one.

“Lou will be a big miss on the pitch but I know the Club are already taking steps to keep her involved to support the future development of women’s and girls’ football. I can’t thank Lou enough for all her hard work - she is a real role model to younger players.”

MK Dons Women will be sharing details of their retain and release list in the coming weeks.

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