GEORGE Williams would have featured regularly in Dons’ first team next season, according to boss Karl Robinson.
The 16-year-old from Newport Pagnell signed for Premier League Fulham last week, but his former manager has revealed that the deal to take him to Craven Cottage came about long before last season had finished.
“If he’d agreed to stay with us, he would have played more of a part at the end of the season and could have featured in the play-offs,” said Robinson.
“Obviously I’m disappointed that he’s gone. The chairman worked hard to keep him, but he has chosen to become part of the youth team at Fulham, and I wish him good luck there.”
While Williams eyes a future at the highest level, Robinson beamed with pride at the news that youngsters Dele Alli and Brendon Galloway had been called up to the England U17 squad after committing their futures to Dons.
He said: “I’m so proud of them. I’ve spoken to Brendon on the phone and he said he cannot wait for the season to get started. We gave him an opportunity to play away at Rochdale and I thought he was excellent that day.
“He’s exactly the sort of kid we want here – he’s not interested in the money, his parents support him in everything he does, and he just wants to go out and enjoy his football.
“Dele also looking forward to getting a bit more involved with the first team next season, taking his career to the next level and getting that vital experience.”