Fulham's George Williams makes Dons return

MK Dons have agreed the season-long loan for another former academy prospect - and another George Williams.

Friday, 29th July 2016, 4:49 pm
Updated Friday, 29th July 2016, 5:54 pm
George Williams

The Welsh international returns to Stadium MK for a third spell, having first moved to Fulham in 2012 before a short-lived loan spell 18-months ago.

Williams joins on loan from Craven Cottage until the end of the season, but as with all long-term loan deals, it included break-clause in January should Fulham wish to recall him.

He will also be eligible for the EFL Trophy and EFL Cup.

“I’m really excited to be back and I just can’t wait to get started again now,” said Williams, who joins namesake George Williams in returning to the club this summer.

“I want to push on, have a really good season and I’m pleased to be doing that at MK Dons. When I found out I was going to be out on loan, MK Dons was the place I wanted to be – it was an easy decision.”

Williams, now 20, ruptured cruciate ligaments in his second spell at the club after making just four appearances.

He returned to the pitch in November, but only made one appearance for Fulham before being loaned out to Gillingham in January.

There, he made 11 appearances and was part of Chris Coleman’s Welsh squad for the European Championships in the summer, though he didn’t get on the pitch.

Manager Karl Robinson said: “We’ve been following George’s progress, like we always have, since he left the club at 16.

“He’s our youngest ever goalscorer and he was very good in the games he played in during his last loan spell two seasons ago.

“Unfortunately that was cut short by injury – something which hit me very hard and was one of my toughest days as a manager. He returns, though, on the back of a really positive summer with Wales – he’s on a high, he’s from here and we all know what he’ll bring.

“The only problem now is we’ve got two George Williams’! I’m going to have to call them ‘Welsh George’ and ‘English George’!

“Joking aside, we are thrilled to bring him back – he’ll add a lot of quality and can play in a variety of positions. I’m really looking forward to working with him again, as is everyone else at the football club.”