Tom Flanagan is the young defender who joined Graham Westley‘s Stevenage on loan from fellow League One side MK Dons in March 2014; the club struggling hard to avoid relegation and to retain our status in the third tier of English football. While the loan deal boosted Boro’s defensive ranks, it also gave the Northern Ireland U21 international the chance to grab some first team experience. Opportunities were somewhat limited while with the Dons during the 2013-4 season.
That’s not to say that Flanagan was out of the thoughts of Dons boss Karl Robinson. The defender signed a one-year contract extension. So, he was very much being considered for the future at the Buckinghamshire club – even if the short term brought him to the Lamex. And, in addition to Boro’, Flanagan had loan spells at Barnet, Gillingham and Kettering Town after turning pro at MK Dons in 2010.