Dons do deal for defender Downing

Paul Downing signs for MK Dons from Walsall
Paul Downing signs for MK Dons from Walsall

MK Dons have signed defender Paul Downing from Walsall on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old signed a two-year deal at stadium:mk on Monday in time for the first pre-season training session with his new team-mates.

The centre back joined Walsall in 2012, having grown up in the West Brom youth system. At the Banks’s Stadium, he played more than 150 times and became a first team regular.

Last season, he played 56 times for Walsall as they came up short in the race for promotion to the Championship, losing in the play-off semi final to eventual winners Barnsley.

“I’ve always liked Paul,” said Dons boss Karl Robinson. “He was always a catalyst, and a strong one, in the Walsall team. Walsall have always been difficult for us to play against.

“Between him, Kyle McFadzean and Joe Walsh, it’s a really strong back three competing.

“And they’re all a good age. I want a young, fresh, vibrant group.”