Williams set to sign for Millwall

Shaun Williams
Shaun Williams

MK Dons defender Shaun Williams will sign for Championship side Millwall.

The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal at The Den after three years at stadium:mk.

Williams, who is Dons’ second leading top scorer this season with 10 goals, was out of contract at the end of this season and had attracted interest from two Championship sides before plumping for Ian Holloway’s offer.

Dons boss Karl Robinson said: “It’s a big blow, but it’s the way the industry works. He’s our second leading goalscorer and player of the year. It’s a big hit, for me.

“There was two bids put in, and they met our valuation of a player who is out of contract in three months time.

“Shaun had a decision to make, they had conference calls with the two clubs, and felt most comfortable with the Millwall deal. He went and had a medical last night (Sunday) and has put pen to paper.

“Shaun felt he couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

“To be fair to Millwall, they felt we out-priced him. And the deal won’t be as much as people think it is. But we’ve got a deal in place based on him playing games.

“It’s not a great starting fee, but we will get what we feel we deserve. It’s one of the better deals we’ve made for players out of contract.

“He was offered a new deal here too.”

Losing Williams leaves Dons very short at the back, with just four recognised defenders in the squad.

Robinson though is confident he can bring in some new faces before the Transfer window closes on Thursday night, though admits they will only be temporary solutions.

“But I had a good chat with the chairman, who seemed positive on what we need to do. It’s now up to me to put some names forward.

“There won’t be any permanent signings, only loans until the end of the season.

“I want to build a team, but every time I seem to do that, I lose players.”