Baker bids farewell to Dons as he joins Portsmouth

Carl Baker
Carl Baker

Former MK Dons Player of the Year Carl Baker has left the club to join League 2 side Portsmouth.

Baker moves to Fratton Park on a two-year contract, having turned down Dons’ offer of a one year deal.

The 33-year-old is the second player to leave the club on Tuesday, following Alex Revell’s decision to join Northampton Town.

Baker joined Dons in September 2014 after being released by Coventry City. He made an immediate impact, winning League 1 Player of the Month in November.

His 10 goals in 34 appearances helped Dons to automatic promotion, and he picked up the Player of the Year award too, beating the likes of Dele Alli and Will Grigg to the prize.

Having made a good start to life in the Championship, scoring four goals in the first nine games, Baker suffered ankle ligament damage during the 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road, ruling him out for three months.

He made his return against Brighton at stadium:mk, but missed a stoppage time penalty as Dons lost 2-1.

With his contract expiring at the end of June, Baker was offered a one year deal to stay, but joins Paul Cook’s side on a two-year deal.

Dons boss Karl Robinson said: “Manager Karl Robinson told mkdons.com: “We’re disappointed Carl will not be with us next season but we understand his excitement at this new challenge.

“He has been a terrific servant to this Football Club and he played a pivotal role in our promotion to the Championship. I’m sure if he’d have remained fit last season, we’d have had a much better chance of remaining in the division.

“On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Carl for his commitment and contribution and wish him all the best with his new club.”