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MK Dons have recalled George Baldock from his loan spell at League Two side Oxford United.
The 22-year-old has impressed during his time with the U's, and Dons manager Karl Robinson feels that he can have a similar impact at stadium:mk in the second half of the campaign.
Baldock will return to MK Dons following Oxford FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
“George has put in some fantastic performances for Oxford. He has gained a lot of credibility for those displays and the way he’s conducted himself with them.
Michael Appleton and his coaching staff have aided the development of George, who has been through a real transition over the last 18 months. He’s found a defined role and now his aim is to come back here and force his way into the team.
We want every player we feel can influence us during the run-in, here at stadium:mk. He’s one of our own and I know he will dedicate everything he’s got to helping us over these important months.”
MK Dons have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams on a 93-day emergency loan.
Welsh international Williams has been on loan at Nottingham Forest this season, and has also played for Ipswich Town.
“Jonny is someone who I’ve always liked from a young age. He really suits our style – he’s a very offensive player and can play in a variety of positions.
He’s also got an unpredictability about him and a low centre of gravity which gives him that ability to drive past people. He had a massive impact on helping Palace get promoted from this division – I’m really excited about what he can bring.
We'd have loved to have done this deal until the end of the season but as he's played for Crystal Palace and already been out on a standard loan this season, a 93-day loan is the longest we can acquire his services for."
In other transfer news, Luton Town defender Luke Wilkinson has joined Stevenage on a permanent deal while Alan Sheehan has joined the Hatters on loan until the end of the season.
Southend United have signed Southampton's Sam McQueen and Arsenal youngster Glen Kamara on loan deals until May.
Barnet have completed the double signing of MK Dons midfielder Mark Randall and Northampton Town's Chris Hackett.
Randall has been released by the Dons and joins on free transfer, while Hackett moves on loan until the end of the season.
“Mark (Randall) is a great boy who has been through a difficult time recently. He’s also found it tough with the injuries so I feel he needs to go and get a fresh start – he goes with my support.
I like him as a person and I think he’s an extremely gifted footballer. He’s always had a good demeanor about him and I want to thank him for efforts and his patience.”
MK Dons striker Sam Gallagher has had his loan spell at the club cut short.
The 20-year-old has returned to Southampton after failing to make an impact at stadium:mk.
“Sam’s attitude has been spot on and he’s always given everything - it’s unfortunate that things haven’t worked out.
He’s found opportunities limited and it’s vital, at his age, that he is playing games on a regular basis and we never want to stand in the way of a young player doing that.”
MK Dons have released Peruvian winger Cristian Benavente.
The 21-year-old moved to stadium:mk in the summer from Real Madrid Castilla, but failed to make an impact.
The Dons have now decided to let him go with immediate effect, meaning he's free to find another club.
“Cristian has conducted himself in a highly professional manner since arriving, despite not playing as much first-team football as he would have liked.
We’ve seen how talented he is and he’s done things in training which are phenomenal, but we felt he was still quite a way from making a real impact in the first team.
He was signed for the future as part of a development process but it’s about the here and now. I really believe Cristian has a fantastic career ahead of him and hopefully he will go on and flourish. I wish him all the best, I really do.”
On loan MK Dons midfielder Diego Poyet has returned to his parent club West Ham United.
The 20-year-old has made 20 appearances for the Dons this season, but only made two starts last month.
Poyet will now return to Upton Park, where he is then likely to be loaned out to another club.
“We had a great conversation last week. It didn’t really work with him playing alongside Darren Potter. They are both top players, everyone knows how important Darren is to us.
I love developing young players and it’s not fair on him as a young player, not getting as many minutes as he would like. He’s got every opportunity to be a Premier League player but he needs games and I’m never going to stand in the way of a young player doing that.
MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean has agreed a new contract with the club.
The former Crawley Town star helped the Dons gain promotion to The Championship last season, and has featured heavily again so far this term.
He has now extended his contract until June 2018.
“This is great news for the football blub both now and for the future.
Kyle is instrumental to the team in terms of his ability and stature.
It’s no surprise that teams have been watching Kyle but by signing a new deal, it shows he’s got belief in the club and the direction we’re heading in.”
On loan MK Dons midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey has returned to his parent club Brighton and Hove Albion.
The England under 21s international made five appearances for the Dons during his time at stadium:mk, but will now compete for his place back at The Championship table-toppers.
“Jake has been fantastic for us but he could only play twice in the next four weeks with a game against Brighton and the international break.
He is another young talented English player that we’ve had the pleasure of helping to develop. I’d like to say thanks to Chris (Hughton) for allowing us the opportunity to work with him.”
Football's international break is well and truly over in the Championship. Ipswich take on Huddersfield, but for MK Dons - they've had more than just European qualifiers to contend with- the small matter of the Rugby World Cup.
Karl Robinson's men play Blackburn tomorrow but have had to share their stadium and training faciities with the likes of the Samoan and Japanese national teams.
The Manager thinks its been great for the town but now its back to business.
As MK Dons welcome Blackburn, here are some head to head statistics:
- MK Dons have won their only previous encounter with Blackburn, 2-1 in the League Cup in August 2012.
- Blackburn haven’t registered a victory in their last eight away league matches.
- Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes has scored four goals in his last four games against the Dons, all of which came during his time with Huddersfield Town.