What ever happened to Dons loanee Ryan Seager?

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Robbie Neilson expected goals from the Southampton youngster

Boasting a front line which already featuring Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard, and with talks with Osman Sow ongoing, Robbie Neilson looked to youth in the signing of Southampton's Ryan Seager in the summer of 2017.

The striker's pedigree spoke volumes of his potential too. He was on fire in the academy game, firing home 28 goals in 57 appearances for the Saints, but an injury curtailed his progress.

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"He is a top prospect at Southampton, who are renowned for their great work with developing players," said Neilson. “I expect him to fit in well and score goals.” Unfortunately though, goals were not forthcoming at Stadium MK.

Finding the net three times in 22 appearances, Seager's goals came against Premier League opposition in the form of Swansea in the League Cup, one in the goal-filled 4-3 win over Oxford in the EFL Trophy. But his most memorable goal for the club came in the closing stages against Rochdale, holding his nerve to beat Brendan Moore to secure Dons a 3-2 win at Stadium MK.

But as he struggled to find his feet in League One, Neilson began losing patience with the striker. Not seen for a month during December 2017, Neilson said he would be keeping Seager for the remainder of his loan spell... before he was duly recalled by Southampton and loaned out to Yeovil Town for the rest of the season a few days later. He made just seven appearances for the Glovers, scoring one goal. He made a positive impression at Huish Park though.

Still eager to get Seager game time, the striker then spent a season on loan in The Netherlands with Telstar, but he returned in January, after scoring twice in 12 appearances, to sign a permanent deal with Yeovil. Unfortunately he could not help them avoid the drop into the National League a few months later.

Seager has spent much of this season on loan too, spending the first half of the season at Havant & Waterlooville before making the switch to Frome Town in January.

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