GOALKEEPER Charlie Burns has today signed his first professional contract with MK Dons.
The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut on the final day of the season against Leyton Orient, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with the option for a further year.
The deal will keep him at stadiummk until at least June 2015.
Speaking to mkdons.com, Burns said: “I’m over moon to have signed professionally. Everything just seems to have come together for me in the last couple of the weeks.
“It was very exciting getting the chance to be involved in the first-team this season and working alongside full-time professionals. It was a valuable experience and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Burns continued: “I’m in a good position because I can learn off two good goalkeepers who have plenty of experience and Healdy, who I’m very thankful to. I’m going in as the youngster but I’m going to grab as much as I can from all of them.
“I just can’t wait for the season to start now. I wish the Leyton Orient game was the first of the season. I’m itching to get going again.”
The Surrey-born keeper joined the club as a 16-year-old in 2011, taking over as the Under-18s’ number one a year later.
Burns then left stadiummk upon the completion of his scholarship last summer but, after returning and impressing as a third-year apprentice, the youngster now becomes the sixth player in the current first-team to have progressed through the MK Dons academy.
Goalkeeper coach Paul Heald added: “Credit has to go to Charlie, he’s had a roller-coaster ride to get to where he is today but it’s only his hard work and dedication that’s got him here.
“He’s taken everything on board and he didn’t stop and feel sorry for himself after not getting a professional deal last summer. He’s just got stronger and stronger.”
“A lot of credit has to go to Dave (David Martin) and Ian (McLoughlin) as well, as they’ve worked with him and helped push him along.
“You learn from your peers and seeing the way those two train has helped push Charlie on and it’s provided him with a good environment to learn.”