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Darren Potter: MK Dons confirm midfielder departure

Darren Potter (left) will leave stadium:mk in the summer. Credit: PA

MK Dons have announced that long-serving midfielder Darren Potter will leave the club at the end of the season.

The former Liverpool trainee has made more than 260 appearances for the Dons during a six-year spell at stadium:mk, but will seek pastures new in the summer.

Potter is the second-high profile departure in recent days, with the club also confirming that goalkeeper David Martin won't be given a new contract.

I will look back on my time here with great pride. As a club, we’ve worked hard to form an identity on and off the pitch and play the game how we feel is the right way, sticking by our principles and believing in our style which brought us many great achievements!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the fans, who have been nothing but fantastic to myself and my family during my time here.

Also to my team mates and ex-team mates as well as all the staff and people who do so much for the club.

Finally to the chairman Pete Winkelman - it's been a great journey and I wish you all success for the future.

– Darren Potter, MK Dons

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Charlton v MK Dons rearranged due to call-ups

MK Dons will now visit The Valley in April. Credit: PA

MK Dons' upcoming away trip to Charlton Athletic has been rearranged due to the number of Addicks players who will be away on international duty.

The Dons were due to visit The Valley on Saturday 25 March, but they will now play Port Vale on that date instead.

The fixture against Charlton will now take place on Tuesday 4 April, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

Updated fixtures

  • Port Vale v MK Dons (Saturday 25 March)
  • Charlton Athletic v MK Dons (Tuesday 4 April)

Joe Walsh: MK Dons defender named in Wales squad

Joe Walsh has been called up by Wales. Credit: PA

MK Dons defender Joe Walsh has been called up to the Wales squad for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland next week.

The 24-year-old is one of two uncapped players to be picked by manager Chris Coleman, with 17-year-old Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn also selected.

Walsh will now miss the Dons' League One game at Charlton Athletic on March 25.

Ipswich Town winger Tom Lawrence is another who has made the squad following his sensational form in The Championship.

Wales are currently four points behind leaders Ireland, having only won one of their first four games.

  • Wales squad to face Republic of Ireland

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), James Chester (Aston Villa), James Collins (West Ham United), Joe Walsh (MK Dons), Chris Gunter (Reading), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (Everton), Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Edwards (Wolves), Andy King (Leicester City), Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Brom), Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)

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England women to face Austria at stadium:mk

England's women last played at stadium:mk in February 2015. Credit: PA

The England women's football team will play Austria at stadium:mk in April in their final warm-up game before this summer's European Championship.

The Lionesses will take on their Austrian counterparts at the home of MK Dons on Monday 10th April, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

The tournament will get underway in the Netherlands in July.

We are honoured and proud to be hosting our second England Women's fixture at stadium:mk.

I’m sure it will be another fantastic occasion and we are all looking forward to welcoming The Lionesses back once again, especially in Milton Keynes' 50th anniversary year.

– Pete Winkelman, MK Dons chairman

MK Dons strike loan deal for Cardiff's O'Keefe

Stuart O'Keefe is now an MK Dons player. Credit: PA

MK Dons have brought in Cardiff City midfielder Stuart O'Keefe on loan.

The 25-year-old will remain with the Dons for the rest of the season.

O’Keefe started his career at Southend United and played in the Premier League for Crystal Palace.

I’m delighted to get Stuart in. He’ll bring energy to the team and good experience for someone still relatively young.

He’s played at a higher level and will certainly bolster our options in the middle of the park.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager

In League Two, young Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey has moved to Luton Town on loan.

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