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Striker Walker returns on loan

Middlesbrough forward will spend the season at Stadium MK...

16 October 2020

MK Dons have re-signed Middlesbrough striker Stephen Walker on loan until the end of the season.

The England youth international returns to Stadium MK for a second spell, having spent time with the Club during the 2018/19 promotion-winning campaign.

Walker, 20, played seven times for Boro in the Sky Bet Championship last term while also enjoying a loan stint with Crewe Alexandra, helping the Railwaymen achieve promotion to the third tier.

“I’m delighted to be back,” Walker told mkdons.com. “I enjoyed my time here two seasons ago and I’m looking forward to getting going again.

“The manager was a big reason why I wanted to come back here. I obviously know him from our time together as teammates and I’m excited to get to work under him and his management team.

“I want to come here and contribute as much as I can to help the team win games and climb the table.”

Walker signed his first professional deal with Middlesbrough as a 16-year-old and his made debut for the Teeside outfit in August 2018, assisting a goal and scoring a penalty during an EFL Cup shoot-out victory over Notts County.

He joined MK Dons on loan for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and played seven games for the Dons en route to their third-placed finish in Sky Bet League Two.

Back with Middlesbrough for the start of last term, Walker featured seven times in the Sky Bet Championship while also maintain his excellent goalscoring form at Under-23s level.

He then moved to Crewe Alexandra on loan and made six appearances for the Railwaymen before the curtailment of the campaign, scoring his first senior goal in a 2-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

Russell Martin told mkdons.com: "Stephen has so much potential and he gives us something different in the final third - he is quick, has great technical ability and is a fantastic finisher.

"He's 18 months further down the line than when he was last here. I saw something in him as a teammate that I can't wait to realise now, now that he's coming back here in a better place physically and mentally."

Martin added: "We don't want to be a team that relies on goals from one individual. What we have now are a number of different options up front that suit the way we play and players that I am confident will begin to put the away the chances we're creating."


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