Leeds United forward Max Dean has completed a permanent transfer to League One side MK Dons.
The 18-year-old has been a regular feature of the Under-21s during his time at the club. He departs without having ever made a senior appearance for the Whites, however.
Dean follows in the footsteps of ex-Leeds coach Mark Jackson, who left Yorkshire to become Dons manager towards the end of last month.
“We would like to thank Max for his efforts and outstanding attitude during his time at the club and we wish him the best of luck for the future,” Leeds said in a statement on their club website.
The youngster becomes MK Dons’ second arrival of the January transfer window after signing Jonathan Leko last week.
Jackson was full of praise when asked about Dean (as per the MK Dons club website):
“I’ve known Max for a long time and was involved in bringing him to Leeds United from Everton. During my time working with him, he showed his capabilities, performing way above his age group with the Under-23s.
“When this opportunity came up this month, it was important we acted on it quickly as I know there were a number of other clubs looking to sign him. Ultimately, he wanted to come here and he is really excited by this opportunity.
“He has got huge potential and he’s certainly one for the future but I’m also confident that, given his qualities, he is someone who can have an impact for us in the immediate term as well.”