Dons sign up Jay O’Shea and Tom Flanagan for next two years

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JAY O’Shea and Tom Flanagan have put pen to paper on new two-year contracts at MK Dons.

O’Shea, 23, joined the club from Birmingham City last summer and made a promising start to his career at stadium:mk, but was hampered early on by an injury which ruled him out for nearly three months.

However, he returned to score five vital goals towards the end of last season and became a regular starter behind the striker, scoring six goals in 35 appearances.

“It’s great to be given a new contract. I thought I was doing well before I got injured last season so I knew I had to come back, get fit and prove myself,” said O’Shea.

“Hopefully now I can have a couple of injury free seasons and can try and do what I did at the end of the last year.”

Flanagan, 20, made more appearances last season than ever before in his short Dons career. With injuries and suspension ruling out Gary MacKenzie and Mathias Doumbe, Flanagan stepped up to take on the mantle at centre-back, and regularly impressed, scoring three times – including a memorable volley in Dons’ 4-1 win at Colchester.

Flanagan came through Dons’ successful Academy system and after spending some time out on loan with Kettering Town in 2011, he had his breakthrough season in 2011/12 as he totalled 25 appearances.

The towering centre-half proved to be a reliable asset to Karl Robinson who saw fit to keep the youngster at the club for a further two years.

“I really enjoyed last season so it’s a big relief to be signing and hopefully I can now look forward to two years of playing more football,” said Flanagan.

“I’ll definitely be pushing to play around 30 to 40 games next year and I’ll be working hard to make sure of that.”

Boss Robinson added: “I was very pleased with the development of both Jay and Tom last season. It’s easy to forget they’re both still in their early 20s.

“Jay’s an exciting player who can change a game in an instant with his trickery and pace, while Tom just keeps getting better and better every game.

“To have them both here for two more years will only strengthen our squad and help us achieve our aims.”

Both players had options taken up on their contracts earlier this summer, but Dons have now decided to secure their services for the next 48 months at least.