Youngsters let go by Dons

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Young MK Dons trio Mason Spence, Charlie Burns and Mo Ahmed will not be offered professional contracts by the club.

The three are all now able to look for new clubs, but can also see out the remainder of the U18 season with Dons.

Spence (pictured) took on the role of U18 captain at the beginning of the season and has been a regular feature in Mike Dove’s side all campaign.

The young full-back’s solid performances for the academy earned him a first professional start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Northampton Town in September 2012, his solitary first team appearance.

Burns joined the club in 2011 and has been U18s’ number one goalkeeper throughout the year. The shot-stopper featured on the bench for the first team in the 1-0 defeat to Walsall earlier this season and has also travelled with the first team squad to assist with warm ups on numerous occasions.

Finally, Ahmed has donned the captain’s armband on several different occasions for the U18s and has been in fine goal-scoring form all season, most recently netting a hat-trick in a 6-1 romp over Portsmouth.

Director of Youth Dove, who is assisting the three youngsters in their search of pastures new, said: “I’d like to personally thank Mason, Mo and Charlie for all their hard work and dedication during their respective time with the academy.

“All of them have been terrific ambassadors for the football club, both on the pitch and in the community, and I’m sure all three will achieve great success in whatever they choose to do in the future.”

The departures of the second-years leaves the U18 side with a squad of 18, which includes the 10 new apprentices who were offered their deals last month.