Edward ‘Junior’ Gyamfi has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with MK Dons.
Gyamfi, 18, joined the Club’s Academy in 2021 and impressed last season with the Under-18s as well as this summer while training with the first team.
Born and raised in Milton Keynes, Gyamfi featured in several of Liam Manning’s matchday squads last term while the versatile midfielder also appeared in friendlies ahead of this current campaign.
Gyamfi becomes the second Academy product to turn professional this summer following on from Ronnie Sandford. They join Jack Davies, Brooklyn Ilunga and Lewis Johnson to make it five MK Dons Academy graduates in the current senior squad.
“I’m over the moon,” Gyamfi told iFollow MK Dons after finalising the deal. “It’s every footballer’s dream to become a professional and it’s extra special given that I grew up in MK and have watched the team over the years.
“I have been dreaming of playing for this Club, at this stadium, and in front of the fans, for a long time. I know there is still a lot of work to do but hopefully I am one step closer to achieving that goal.
“The Gaffer and the coaching staff have been brilliant and helped me get to this stage, along with the Academy coaches and players. I am thankful to everyone who has helped me in this journey.”
Explaining his nickname of Junior, Gyamfi added: "My name is Edward but everyone calls me Junior - I don't mind either so I will leave it to the fans to decide."
Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: "Junior has had a unique journey to this point but has demonstrated a fantastic attitude and a real desire to improve and impress throughout, culminating in this moment where he is signing his first professional contract.
"He must continue to show those characteristics as he begins this next stage in his development, moving into the full-time senior environment. I look forward to seeing the progress he can make while working with our coaches here at MK Dons."
Head Coach Liam Manning added: “Junior has shown a good attitude and real tenacity during his time with us in pre-season and this contract is a reward for that work. He still has a long way to go in his development but this provides him an opportunity which, through our support, we hope he can take.”
Academy Manager Jon Goodman commented: “Junior is a fantastic example of perseverance and working hard to achieve your dreams. He always believed in himself and has been rewarded for his desire, application and talent.
“As an Academy we are proud of Junior and proud to see another Milton Keynes boy sign professional terms to join the first team here at MK Dons.”