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Josh Kayode Completes a Season Long Loan Deal to MK Dons


DDG is pleased to have handled the deal which takes JJ south the the EFL League One outfit.

Kayode, 22, will spend the 2022/23 campaign at Stadium MK.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Kayode is a product of the Millers’ Academy system and last season made 29 appearances for the Yorkshiremen as they won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship as well the Papa John’s Trophy.

JJ has also spent time on loan away from the AESSEAL New York Stadium, scoring a total of 17 Goals across spells with Gateshead and Carlisle United.

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Kayode in his first interview since arriving on loan. “As soon as I spoke to the Gaffer, it was a no brainer for me that this was the right place for me to develop as a player and a person.

“The style of play is great and it’s something I can see myself fitting into. I’m a hard-worker who likes to get in behind and run at players, and I’m good in the air too – hopefully I can bring all of that in to help the team.

“I knew a few of the lads from being with the Ireland team and I know Griggy from playing with him at Rotherham last season. I’m sure they’ll help me settle in and I just can’t wait to get started.”

Born in Nigeria, Kayode grew up in Dublin, Ireland, JJ has been a client of DDG since his time with St Francis FC U16’s in Dublin.

He made the move to England joining Rotherham United’s Academy. He signed professional terms with the Millers in November 2017, the same season in which he made his senior debut as a substitute in their EFL Trophy tie with Manchester City U21.

Kayode spent a month with Chesterfield during the 2018/19 season before joining Gateshead on loan in August 2019. The forward scored six goals in 22 league appearances for the Tynesiders before returning to Rotherham and agreeing a new long-term contract.

Making a loan switch to Carlisle United in January 2020, Kayode scored three goals in five games for the Cumbrians before the season’s curtailment due to Covid-19. He returned to Brunton Park in 2020/21 and continuing his form in front of goal, netting eight times.

Kayode’s form out on loan earned him the opportunity at first-team football for Rotherham United last season and he played a total of 28 times, playing his part as the Millers won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship as well the Papa John’s Trophy – Kayode started their Final victory over Sutton United.

JJ made his League debut for Don’s away at Exeter City at the weekend


The forward is the Republic of Ireland Under-21 Number 9 international, who has totalled 14 caps since making his debut in November 2020.

Good Luck with the move JJ… we will be headed south to watch a game sooner than later…

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