Flanagan leaves Dons by mutual consent

Tom Flanagan
Tom Flanagan

Defender Tom Flanagan has left MK Dons by mutual consent.

The 23-year-old has struggled to hold down a place in Karl Robinson’s first team squad for quite some time, despite going out on loan to gain experience.

And following the summer signings of Joe Walsh and Matt Upson, Flanagan has found himself well down the pecking order.

A former captain of the Dons’ Under-18s side, Flanagan progressed through the Academy set-up at stadium:mk, making his debut as an 18-year-old in February 2010.

His real first-team breakthrough came during the 2011/12 campaign when he featured 25 times and helped Karl Robinson’s side reach the League 1 play-offs for the second successive season.

He also scored three goals, including two stunning efforts against Notts County and Colchester United.

After a season out on loan, Flanagan returned to the first-team fold in 2013/14 and made eight appearances.

The ex-Northern Ireland Under-21 international appeared nine times during last season’s promotion-winning campaign, playing his part in keeping four clean sheets.

Flanagan put pen to paper on a new contract with the club earlier this summer, but both he and the club have agreed to terminate it with immediate effect.