MK Dons finalise free transfer of defender Tennai Watson

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    Milton Keynes Dons have announced the free transfer signing of defender Tennai Watson.

    Watson has been training with the club for the past few weeks after leaving Reading at the expiration of his contract.

    Manager Russell Martin told the media last week that both the club and player were hopeful of getting a deal done after the 24-year-old had impressed during his trial.

    The right back brings with him some experience in the Football League, most notably with a loan spell to AFC Wimbledon a couple of seasons ago.

    Speaking of his arrival at the club, Watson commented: "I’m buzzing to be here. I’ve been training here for a while and I’ve loved it so when I heard there was a chance to get a deal, I was eager to get it done."

    "Coming in to a new club can be daunting but I’ve never felt that - you can tell the boys are so together. I’ve really loved it and it’s given me a chance to express myself as a player."

    "I felt like this style fits me as there is a licence for me to get forward, which I love to do. You can’t neglect defending though – I’m not scared of a tackle!"

    He concluded: "I’m buzzing to get going. The momentum we’ve built over the past few weeks, it all seems to be coming together."

    Speaking of his eighth new signing of the summer, Martin said: "His availability was brought to our attention by Zak Jules, who was a teammate of his, but he was a player we were aware of."

    "He came in to train with us and has really impressed. First and foremost, the way he conducts himself, on and off the pitch, is brilliant – he is real example to others."

    "It’s also his attention to detail, his intensity and the way he has improved during the time he’s been with us."

    He continued: "He is a resilient young man who, despite his young age, has had to deal with plenty already in his career. We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing how much further he can develop and improve."

    Sporting Director Liam Sweeting added: “When players come in on trial to prove themselves, they have already showed some of the qualities we look for in terms of character and their determination.

    "Tennai has since applied himself brilliantly and taken on the information quickly, culminating in the performances we have seen so far.

    He concluded: “He is naturally athletic and technically very capable to suit our requirements at wing back, and I look forward to watching him develop further this season within this exciting style of play.”

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