Reeves signs on the line as Chicks waves goodbye

Adam Chicksen seals move to Brighton
Adam Chicksen seals move to Brighton

It was one in, one out for Dons at the weekend as they signed Ben Reeves from Southampton, but bid farewell to Adam Chicksen.

Reeves, 21, played three times in the Premier League for Saints last season, and joins Karl Robinson’s men on a one year deal, with an option for a second season.

And he was barely given time to get to know his team-mates before he was thrust into the spotlight at Bell Close as he took part in Dons’ second pre-season friendly of the day at Leighton Town.

“He’s a very gifted young player. He’s only 21, but he could be in better shape. He’s only had one training session with us but we’ve got four weeks to get that right.

“He played at left back for Southampton, he played in central midfield for Southend, so he’s a utility player and he can play in a number of positions.

“We are in a good place, and we still have one or two signings to make.”

But Reeves’ arrival on Saturday was quickly followed by Adam Chicksen’s departure on Sunday.

Chicksen, a product of the Dons’ youth system, signed for Championship side Brighton for an undisclosed fee, despite Dons offering him a contract back in March.

Robinson said: “Naturally, I am disappointed that Adam has chosen to leave for Brighton.

“I never thought that when we offered a contract all those months ago that Adam would not be with us for the start of the season, but Brighton have made him an offer which is too good for him to turn down.”