MK Dons bolster defence with Baily Cargill signing

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    MK Dons have announced the signing of defender Baily Cargill, who becomes the team’s ninth arrival this summer.

    23-year-old Cargill, who is capable at playing as a centre-back or out on the left side of the defence, joins the Dons having left Premier League club AFC Bournemouth, who he has spent the past 11 years with.

    Speaking of his arrival, Cargill told iFollow MK Dons: "I’m really excited - I think it’s a great Club, that are looking to go back in the right direction and hopefully, I can be a part of that process."

    Cargill signed his first professional contract with Bournemouth back in 2013 and has had a number of loan spells in the lower leagues, with Torquay United, Gillingham, Fleetwood Town and Coventry City just some of the clubs he has spent time with.

    Last season saw the Winchester-born defender play 37 games across two loan spells, first with Fleetwood in League One before he joined Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

    Cargill has also represented England at Under-20s level, with all seven of his youth international appearances coming during the 2014/15 season.

    It was during this time that MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale, then in charge of Exeter City, first became aware of the Bournemouth youth product.

    Speaking of his latest signing, Tisdale said: "Baily is a player I've admired for a number of years, ever since I saw him play for England Under-20s, and the opportunity arose this summer to bring him here.”

    "He's a left-sided defender who has had lots of experience from loan spells but, I'm sure, will be pleased to have found somewhere where he can cement a place and demonstrate his ability over a period of time.”

    "I'm looking forward to seeing how he does, as he looks to take his career forward - I believe we're the perfect fit."

    Tisdale added: "As I said after the signing of Mathieu Baudry, I wanted to build around our strength and, for me, this signing completes our versatility and depth in our defensive areas."

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