Tom Carroll turns down Exeter City contract and joins MK Dons

Former Exeter City midfielder Tom Carroll has opted to turn down a contract offered to him by the Grecians. Instead, the 32-year-old has accepted an offer to join League Two side MK Dons as a free transfer.

Carroll joined City last July after a year out of the game and finished his career with the Grecians on 45 appearances in all competitions and one goal. He had been offered a deal to extend his stay in Devon, but has opted for a move closer to home.

On joining the squad at Stadium MK, Carroll said: "It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to getting going. I spoke to the manager, and I think we see football in a very similar way, I think the style of play is going to suit me and the group that the staff are getting together looks like it's going to be really strong. Hopefully, we can have a good season, and there's no hiding away from the end goal which is promotion.

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"I'm 32 now, I've been through quite a lot in my career and seen most things so I definitely bring that experience with me and I want to bring leadership to the group. Being available to the young lads so if they have anything to ask me they can fire away."

"I've been lucky enough to play here a couple of times, but when you walk out there you realise how much potential this Club has. I'm looking forward to it and seeing the fans. Hopefully, we can put in some good performances, and it will be special year come the end of it."

MK Dons manager Mike Williamson added: "First and foremost, Tom brings a wealth of experience through his impressive career so far, which will help support the team as one of the senior leaders in the dressing room.

"Paired alongside the quality he will add on the field, we are really excited with Tom’s addition and the strength this will add to our squad in multiple areas."

Exeter City manager Gary Caldwell said: “Tom was excellent for the club last season after joining us following a year out of football. His experience was pivotal for the younger players in the group last season and we wish him all the very best at MK Dons. Everyone at the club wishes Tom the best and our thanks go to him for his efforts for the club during his time with us."