24 year old Tennai Watson looks set to become the latest new recruit at Stadium MK.

Emerging from the Reading Academy he was released in the summer along with former Dons favourite Sam Baldock and is currently a free agent and searching for gainful employment this coming season.

Since the return to summer training Watson has been offered a trial period training with the team at Woughton and hopes to do enough to impress gaffer Russell Martin and earn himself a contract or in the very least keep himself match fit and in the shop window for potential suitors.

Despite only making nine appearances as a full back for Reading Watson is no stranger to League 1 football having been on loan at arch rivals AFC Wimbledon during the 2018/19 season where he made 24 appearances, and the following season he was also loaned out to Coventry City where he played 9 games also in League 1.

Born in the London Borough of Hillingdon the 6ft defender has only played 44 games since making his senior debut in a 2016 1-0 home win against Preston North End when he came on for the injured Jordan Obita. Three days later he made his first start in another home win, this time against Plymouth Argyle where the Royals won 2-0, and although his chances were far and few between after that he did get to sample the atmosphere of the Emirates when Reading were drawn out against Arsenal in the cup.

Watson penned a two year deal with Reading back in February 2018 under the instruction of Royals boss Jaap Stam and he played a leading role in the Royals historic FA Youth Cup run which saw them topple the highly regarded Liverpool youth team, only to be denied by Fulham in the semi-finals over two legs.

One or two injuries seem to have blighted his early playing days, but they look to be behind him now.

We expect to see Watson making the odd appearance here and there in the pre-season friendlies possibly as Trialist A, but one thing will be for sure, if Russ gets Watson to put pen to paper he will join the very small list of players that have played for both AFC and the MK Dons, and of course that will make Tennai very popular down Kingston way.

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