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Everton sign Brendan Galloway from Milton Keynes Dons

2 August 2014

Everton have completed the signing of teenage defender Brendan Galloway on a five-year deal from Sky Bet League 1 side Milton Keynes Dons.

The 18-year-old Zimbabwe-born England youth international has joined the Goodison Park club for an undisclosed fee and will join up with their under-21 side.

Galloway was delighted to announce the news, and told the official Everton website: "It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great club. I'm now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players - the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

"I've been watching them for years now and they're great professionals, great players - players who have been there and done it. That's a big thing for me to be able to learn off guys like that.

"Short-term, I just want to work hard to better myself as a footballer here, which I know I will with the coaches and other staff here.

"Long-term, I also want to get in the Everton team and play week in and week out in the Premier League and play in a team that's doing well, which I know we will do."

Galloway became the youngest player in MK Dons' history to feature for the club when, at the age of 15, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 6-0 FA Cup victory over Nantwich Town in November 2011.

He went on to make his League debut the following April and in total made 17 appearances for the League 1 club and scored once. His achievements at stadiummk were recognised at the 2014 Football League Awards when he won the League 1 Apprentice of the Year award.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was disappointed to lose Galloway, but wished him well for the future as he told his club's official website: "I do believe Brendan can be as good as he wants to be and I wish him all the luck in the world.

"He's going to a fantastic football club in Everton that will only aid his development."


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