Million Pound Striker Joins.
The long wait for a striker is finally over when it was announced earlier today that the Dons had secured the season long loan of the former Crawley Town hotshot 22 year old Max Watters who has represented England at schoolboy level.
Born in Camden Town London the 5ft 11in striker started to gain some admiring glances last season when joining the League 2 side Crawley Town as a free agent. Watters had been on the books of Doncaster Rovers and failed to make any sort of impact in his 5 appearances for Rovers so was sent on loan to numerous clubs including Grantham Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Mickleover Sports and Maidstone United.
Again Watters failed to impress but Crawley took a chance on him after a chance viewing in a friendly with Maidstone United last season where he came on as a second half sub. Within hours the free agent was offered a trial at Crawley and a few days later a 1 year contract was waiting to be signed and he repaid their faith tenfold by scoring 16 goals in 19 games and at one stage he was the most prolific striker in all four English divisions with a goal every 79 minutes that saw him voted as the League 2 player of the month for December 2020.
Only having joined Crawley in October, Town were bombarded with interest and offers in the January Transfer Window from the likes of West Brom, Brighton, Watford, one or two clubs in League 1 and even interest from a Belgian Premier League team. Swansea had a bid of £500k rejected until Cardiff City topped that with double the offer securing Watters for £1m on a three and a half year deal.
With the season just three weeks away the Dons will be keen to add to the squad, especially up front, and with Wigan appearing to have their striking options sorted for the season, the opportunity seems to be there for Russ to make an offer for Will Grigg, the only issue will be if the Dons can meet the fee set by Sunderland.