MK Dons have confirmed the signing of midfielder Matt O’Riley, who was a free agent after being released by Fulham.
The 20-year-old has been training with the Dons since being released by Fulham at the end of the 2019/20 season, and has now put pen to paper on a full deal with MK Dons.
Under the terms of the deal, MK Dons will pay Fulham compensation as the player is an under-24 free agent, with the League One side confirming that the two clubs are have agreed an appropriate settlement.
O’Riley told iFollow MK Dons of his delight to get a full deal with MK Dons. He said, “I’ve been here training with the boys for six months now and I’ve loved every minute.
“I initially came here just to keep fit after leaving Fulham but it felt like the perfect place for me. We looked into whether something could be done and, eventually, here we are.
“I haven’t played a game in quite a while but I have been training here for quite a while so I’m feeling sharp and ready to go. Hopefully I can get some minutes soon and start making an impact.
“I’m very excited to get going, especially in this team. This is my ideal style of football and I hope to come in and bring goals and assists and be as creative as possible.”
The midfielder is a graduate of the Fulham academy and made 4 appearances for the senior team. He was also highly regarded, and at various points was linked with moves to Premier League giants or clubs abroad. He had been offered a full deal but chose to leave the club instead.
O’Riley has also represented England at under-16 and under-18 levels.
The midfielder is the second signing announced over this weekend by MK Dons, after the signing of Harry Darling from Cambridge. The club have also signed Charlie Brown and Warren O’Hora on permanent deals, and loaned in Ethan Laird from Manchester United.