Carruthers completes Dons switch

Samir Carruthers
Samir Carruthers

Karl Robinson has described the signing of Samir Carruthers as an ‘exceptional talent’ after the Aston Villa midfielder signed for Dons on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan at stadium:mk, and became a first team regular.

But a knee injury, which he picked up during the FA Cup third round replay against Wigan, cut short his time at stadium:mk, prompting his return to Villa Park.

On Monday, prior to kick off against Leicester City, Carruthers’ car was spotted in the car park outside stadium:mk, fuelling rumours of his return.

And while Robinson was coy on the rumours earlier in the week, the signing was revealed for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday.

“He’s an exceptional talent and one day I believe he will be back showcasing his ability at the top,” said Robinson on Wednesday.

“Having seen him here last season, I’m sure the fans will be excited to see Samir play in a Dons shirt soon, especially now he is a permanent member of the squad.”

Carruthers, who has missed the end of Villa’s pre-season campaign with a thigh injury, admitted he jumped at the chance to return to Dons on a permanent basis.

“It’s exciting and it’s what I wanted,” he said. “Obviously I know the Club from before, I’m pleased to be back and I can’t wait to get going again. It’s like coming home.

“The knee injury was hard at the time and no player wants to go through that, but I’ve come back fine and my knee is healthy.”