After more than a week of speculation and rumours, Milton Keynes Dons have confirmed that striker Carlton Morris will return to the club on loan next season.
Morris, 24, originally joined the Dons during the January transfer window and was limited to just ten league appearances for the club before the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic shut down the season.
He formed a strong partnership with the team's top goalscorer, Rhys Healey, and scored two goals, including one on his debut against eventual league champions Coventry City, to help the club remain above the relegation zone.
It has been no secret that MK Dons boss Russell Martin was keen to bring Morris back for another League One campaign, and Player of the Year Alex Gilbey has also used social media to prompt a move back to Stadium MK, even posting a picture of himself with Morris during a match.
With Joe Mason out of contract, the Dons only had Healey and Sam Nombe as players capable of playing up front still on the books, with Morris adding some much-needed depth and quality in front of goal.
It was earlier reported that this deal was effectively wrapped up by both parties and it was just a matter of time before the announcement was made public, with fans equally excited to see the Norwich City player back in Milton Keynes.
Speaking to the club's official website, Morris commented on his return: "I’m very happy to be back, as soon as I heard the Club were interested in extending the loan, it was an easy decision to make."
He added: "It was very unfortunate that the season was cut short because since joining January I was having a great time. I got on well with the lads in the dressing and felt a real connection with the fans and the Football Club in general."
"This is a club really on the up under the gaffer and with the squad that we’ve got. it’s an exciting time to be part of things and we’ll be looking as high as we can next season."
He concluded: "For me, last season was, at times, just about getting through the games after coming back from a long-term injury. I’m feeling great and I’m looking forward to kicking on next season."
Can’t wait to get back now !! pic.twitter.com/06u1XGL36R— Alex Gilbey (@agilbey8) July 20, 2020