Trio's contracts are terminated

MK DONS have agreed settlements to terminate the contracts of transfer-listed youngsters Robert Webb, Joe Tillen and Joe Howe.

Goalkeeper Webb, 19, winger Tillen, 20, and utility man Howe, 19, have all been released after failing to secure free transfers away from the club.

Milton Keynes boss Martin Allen insisted it was in the trio's best interests for them to be free agents in the January transfer window – but that they can still train with the Dons.

Allen told the Citizen: "All three have trained hard but I thought it's the ideal chance for them to get fixed up while we're in the January transfer window.

"All three can still train with us to keep fit but it's the right time to tell them now that they won't get new contracts."

Webb was promoted from the Dons youth ranks at the end of last season but failed to make a single first team appearance.

Tillen made just two first team appearances this season after signing on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer.

And Howe played just twice for the first team after stepping up from the youth ranks with Webb, Sam Page and Kieran Murphy.

The trio were transfer-listed by Allen along with Adolfo Baines, Ben Chorley, Craig Morgan, Ben Harding and Nicky Rizzo immediately after the 3-1 home defeat to Hereford at the end of October.