MK Dons have signed midfielder Ryan Watson on a free transfer.

Watson, 24, has penned a one-year deal at Stadium MK which will become effective once his Barnet contract expires at the end of June. He becomes Paul Tisdale’s second signing as MK Dons manager, following the arrival of defender Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Watson told “I’m delighted to be here. When the manager came in he was interested in me and wanted to sign me – I was made up when I knew the interest was there.

“The set-up of the club is brilliant and Paul is a manager that I’m excited to work with. The club has great ambition and it’s down to us work hard and work the way he wants us to. I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”

A product of Everton’s Academy, Watson also spent time with Wigan Athletic and Leicester City as a youngster. He made his professional debut while on loan at Accrington Stanley and also enjoyed a loan spell at Northampton Town before moving to the Hive in July 2016.

In total he has made 74 senior appearances, 52 of which have come in the past two years at Barnet. Last season, he contributed to six goals – one goal and five assists – in 29 games.

Manager Paul Tisdale said: “Ryan is a player who has very good pedigree having come through the ranks at Leicester City and he’s played regular football recently for Barnet.

“He is somebody who we watched while I was manager at Exeter City and there is certainly a lot going for him. It’s an opportunity for Ryan – an opportunity for him to prove his ability on a stage here at Stadium MK. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.”


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