Charlie Waller has put pen to paper and sealed his first senior professional contract with MK Dons.
Charlie, 18, joined the Dons’ academy at a young age and has impressed ever since. The young Defender has supported his side from the backline, but he’s also brandished the Captain’s armband whilst leading the Under-18s team to success.
“I’m buzzing, it’s an amazing feeling” Waller described when he commented on the news of his first professional contract at Stadium MK. “I can only say thank you to so many people – my family, all the academy staff, there are so many people that have been with me since day one. If I named all of them, then we’d be here forever.
Waller then discussed the journey taken to get to the point of signing the first senior contract of his career “There’s been high and lows, ups and downs, but my time here has been amazing, and I can only hope that continues.
“I can’t quite believe it, it’s an amazing achievement that I could only dream of from the start. Even right from the beginning of my football journey when I was five-years old. I’m so proud.”
Charlie Waller is joined by fellow teammate Joel Anker, who also signed professional terms with the club alongside his former Captain. The pair experienced senior football within the recently concluded campaign through their loan spells with AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Tring Athletic.
When questioned about that experience, Waller said “Senior football is something different, and it’s something that I needed for my development.
“I can only say thank you to both clubs for the opportunities they gave me because it’s only made me a better player.”
On his attacking teammate Joel Anker, the defender added “Joel is a great character and I love playing with him. We’ve basically followed each other since day one and he’s a great player too so he definitely deserves it.”
Finally, the newly signed pro looked ahead to the near future and what he would like to achieve under his first senior contract, Waller replied “Hopefully I can get playing on the pitch and help this club to get back to where it belongs.
“It will probably take some time to get into the team, but anything I can do to help the club.”