Date: 15th June 2016 at 5:16pm
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Carl Baker was offered a new deal by MK Dons, which Karl Robinson hoped he would sign, but the former Coventry midfielder has turned this down in order to join Portsmouth.

His contribution during his two-years with MK Dons saw him help the Dons to Championship promotion in his first season, when he was also awarded the Player of the Year award, has been praised by Robinson.

Baker, as well as getting this praise, has been thanked for his efforts with the boss understanding the desire of the 33-year-old to take up a new challenge, telling the Official Website.

‘We`re disappointed Carl will not be with us next season but we understand his excitement at this new challenge. He has been a terrific servant to this Football Club and he played a pivotal role in our promotion to the Championship. I`m sure if he`d have remained fit last season, we`d have had a much better chance of remaining in the division. On behalf of the Club, I`d like to thank Carl for his commitment and contribution and wish him all the best with his new club.’

A new one-year deal had been offered to Baker but he’s turned this down in favour of a two-year contract with League 2 side Pompey.

In his 72-matches (this would have been more but for an injury from January-March) for MK Dons he scored 15-goals (ten of those in his first season) with his contract at Fratton Park kicking in on 1st July.

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