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MK Dons sign Crawley Town star Walsh on permanent deal

Joe Walsh. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the permanent signing of Crawley Town's Joe Walsh.

The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at stadium:mk after impressing while on loan.

“I’m delighted to get this deal sorted. I enjoyed my time here on loan and it just supported what I already knew – this is a club going places and I’m looking forward to being a part of it all.”

I’m really excited about playing in the Championship and I’m already itching to get back for pre-season. We’ve got a talented bunch of lads here and I’m sure we won’t just be making up the numbers.”

– Joe Walsh, MK Dons

Dons defender Lee Hodson has also agreed a new two-year contract at the club.

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Champagne moment as MK Dons celebrate promotion to the Championship

Going Up! MK Dons' champagne moment after clinching automatic promotion to the SkyBet Championship.

The Dons moved from 3rd to 2nd in League One after thrashing relegated Yeovil 5-1 at Stadium MK, while Preston, who started one point ahead in 2nd place, lost 1-0 at Colchester.

The U's also secured their League One status.

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Karl Robinson 'in shock' after guiding MK Dons to the Championship

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson admitted that he was 'in shock' after watching his players clinch promotion to the SkyBet Championship.

Goals from Carl Baker, Dean Lewington (2), Darren Potter and Will Grigg secured a 5-1 win over Yeovil Town.

And their place in English Football's second tier was confirmed when Preston, who started a place and a point above the Dons, lost 1-0 at Colchester to slip to 3rd.

"I'm in shock. You've dreamed this moment many, many times and to achieve it today and to see what's happened out here is pretty incredible.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it because sometimes you have these moments and I've heard people say you get carried away with it and you can forget them very, very quickly.

"We worked so hard as sportsmen to try and make sure we have this constant success or constant competitive nature, and these people deserve a party. They're going to get one tonight."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager
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Winkelman revels in Dons' success

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman joked that he was 'over the moon' after his club's promotion to the SkyBet Championship.

Winkelman ignored the pain from a slipped disc to join in the player celebrations in the dressing room following their 5-1 win over Yeovil Town.

More than 16,000 fans watched at Stadium MK, with many keeping an ear on developments at Colchester who beat Preston 1-0 to secure their League One status, and confirmed the Dons' promotion.

"I slipped my disc coming back from Fleetwood a couple of weeks ago. It's been such a stress, such a pressure.

When I asked the team to score four goals on Tuesday at the Player of the Year awards. They scored five. A hundred and one goals.

And well done Colchester! Well done Colchester! Thank you!

Feel sorry for Preston but my goodness me what an end to the season. It doesn't get better than this."

– Pete Winkelman, MK Dons Chairman

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MK Dons manager Robinson struggles to hold back the tears following Williams injury blow

George Williams has been ruled out for four-six months. Credit: PA

On loan MK Dons midfielder George Williams has been ruled out for around six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 19-year-old will now return to parent club Fulham after picking up the injury in the Dons' defeat to Chesterfield last week.

The Wales international had a successful operation on Saturday.

Karl Robinson was devastated by Williams' injury. Credit: PA

"It was one of the most difficult hours I've had as a manager. The kid means so much to me as a person and I rate him so highly as a footballer.

I went home and cried to myself because I couldn't handle it.

I wish him all the luck in the world. I promised him that I will be at his first game back - I'm counting down the days."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

MK Dons move for Crawley Town captain Walsh

Joe Walsh will spend the rest of the season with MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Crawley Town captain Joe Walsh on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

The 22-year-old defender has been linked with a number of clubs, but the Dons have won the race for his signature.

Walsh could make his debut in tomorrow's clash with Chesterfield at stadium:mk.

“We’ve known about Joe for a while and I was made up when I found out we could get it done. He’s out of contract in the summer but we’ve been given the chance to get him on loan immediately.

Since Shaun Williams we haven’t had a left-footed defender and he will provide great cover at both left-back and in the centre.

He’s only 22 years of age, he trains with the Welsh national team and he’s been in the squad a few times. He also won Young Player of the Year at Crawley Town twice in a row and the main Player of the Year award last season.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager
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