MK Dons academy graduate David Kasumu has left his boyhood club to join Sky Bet Championship Play-Off finalists Huddersfield Town after turning down a new contract to stay at Stadium MK.
The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year contract, with the Terriers holding the option of an extension into the 2025/26 campaign.
The highly-rated central midfielder was involved in the MK Dons senior set-up from an early age, appearing twice on the bench as a 16-year-old at the end of the 2015/16 season before making his professional debut in the Carabao Cup in August 2016.
In total, Kasumu played 93 times – donning the captain’s armband on a handful of occasions – and contributed to the Dons reaching the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs last term.
“I’m absolutely delighted to finally get it over the line,” he told Huddersfield’s website. “It’s something that’s been on the table for a while now and to finally get it done, I’m over the moon and just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a big Club, a big fanbase, and I wanted to be a part of it. Speaking with the Head Coach and things, I was really intrigued with what they have going here, and I wanted to be a part of it.
“I enjoyed my time at MK Dons, but now it’s just the time for me to try and make that step up and see what I can do playing against better teams, better players. You can only get better when you do that. I’m an ambitious player, and that was an option that I wanted to take straight away.
“I’ve got bundles of energy. I’m going to give 100% when I play. I love winning the ball back and making tackles, getting the ball and driving forward and bringing the team forward. I bring a lot of intensity when I play and I’m going to really enjoy playing in front of the fans.”
Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby commented: “We’re delighted to welcome David to the Club, as he is a player who has been on our radar for a long period.
“His qualities are exactly the ones we look for in one of our central midfield roles within our game model. David brings fantastic energy to the pitch, can carry the ball well and has great defensive instincts too. When we met him, it was very clear what a great attitude he has; he shares our ‘Terrier Spirit’ when it comes to hard work.
“We also firmly believe that he can improve significantly in our coaching and physical programmes, which is reflected in the length of his contract. We’re really excited to have David with us.”