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Deadline Day double completes busy January for Dons

Seven in and six out this month, while two extend their futures with MK Dons...

2 February 2021

MK Dons made it seven signings this month with a Deadline Day double, bringing Will Grigg back to Stadium MK on loan from Sunderland as well as completing the permanent signing of Zak Jules from Walsall.

Grigg, who scored 22 goals to help fire MK Dons to promotion during the 2014/15 campaign, will spend the remainder of the season at Stadium MK, after completing a loan switch just prior to Monday’s deadline.

Earlier in the day, Russell Martin secured the permanent signing of defender Jules from Walsall - a 23-year-old Scotland youth international who can operate in the centre of defence or at left-back.

The first through the door this month was Ethan Laird, who arrived at Stadium MK from Manchester United on a loan deal until the end of the season. Striker Charlie Brown then followed on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

Later, MK Dons made the loan stay of Brighton & Hove Albion Warren O’Hora a permanent one, following an impressive first half of the season for the Irishman. The Dons’ defence was bolstered even further with the arrival of Harry Darling from Cambridge United for an undisclosed transfer fee.

The Dons’ final capture, prior to the Deadline Day business, was Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley, who finalised a move to Stadium MK having spent the past six months training with the Dons.

As well as new arrivals, there were two contract extensions completed during January. First, Andrew Surman signed a deal to remain with the Dons until the end of the season, and then goalkeeper Andrew Fisher committed his long-term future to the Football Club.

There were also six outgoings during January, starting with Carlton Morris’ departure back to parent club Norwich City. Striker Stephen Walker also saw his loan stay cut short. Those leaving MK Dons on a permanent basis this month were Baily Cargill, Richard Keogh, George Williams and Regan Poole.

Russell Martin told iFollow MK Dons: "It's been a long day but I'm really pleased with the month's work. It's been a succesful window.

"We've tried to implement some change this month, to help us get to where we want to go. We wan to sign hungry players, who are desperate to be here and be apart of the culture that we have.

"We now have a lot of options across the pitch, fighting for their places in the team. Each player will have a role to play on and off the pitch between now and the end of the season, and I'm excited to see what they can do."

January Transfer Window recap:

Ins
Ethan Laird (Manchester United, Loan)
Charlie Brown (Chelsea, Undisclosed)
Andrew Surman (MK Dons, Contract extension)
Warren O’Hora (Brighton & Hove Albion, Undisclosed)
Harry Darling (Cambridge United, Undisclosed)
Andrew Fisher (MK Dons, Contract extension)
Matt O’Riley (Fulham, Compensation)
Zak Jules (Walsall, Undisclosed)
Will Grigg (Sunderland, Loan)

Outs
Carlton Morris (Norwich City, Loan terminated)
Baily Cargill (Forest Green Rovers, Undisclosed)
Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough, Loan terminated)
Richard Keogh (Huddersfield Town, Undisclosed)
George Williams (Bristol Rovers, Undisclosed)
Regan Poole (Lincoln City, Undisclosed)


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