Dons secure Crawley skipper on loan

Crawley Town's Joe Walsh. Picturematt Photography PNL-150226-181509002
Crawley Town's Joe Walsh. Picturematt Photography PNL-150226-181509002

Crawley Town captain Joe Walsh has joined MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season, and will stay even longer.

The 22-year-old defender becomes the seventh loan player to join Karl Robinson’s squad, and provides some much-needed defensive cover.

Robinson has been a long term admirer of the Welshman, and said he wanted to sign him when he moved for Kyle McFadzean last summer, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement.

And although his loan deal is initially for three months, Robinson added Walsh is out of contract with Crawley at the end of the season, and is set to sign a long term contract with Dons.

“Joe’s someone I’ve had in mind for a long time,” said the Dons boss. “He was someone I wanted to sign when we got Kyle McFadzean, but it wasn’t affordable for us and Crawley wanted to keep him for another year.

“He has been training with the Welsh national team, he’s 22, which is perfect for us, and I’m excited to be working with him for the rest of the season. We hope we can do something more permanent in the summer and will take us forward.

“We can get him on loan immediately, and his contract is up in the summer. Dean Saunders was brilliant in helping us. He’ll be here for a number of years after this.

“He won’t come into the back four straight away though. Our back four has been phenomenal. He’s left footed, he’s quick and he can cover at left back as well. He covers all the bases.”