Mitch Hancox has moved to League Two promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes Dons, signing a one-year contract at Stadium MK.
Hancox links up with new Dons boss Paul Tisdale, who joined the club this summer after a lengthy spell in charge of Exeter City.
Solihull-born Hancox began his career with Birmingham City, joining the club at the age of eight and making his reserve team debut at the age of just 15.
A left-back who was highly regarded at St Andrews, he signed a two-year scholarship in July 2010 and signed his first professional contract in May 2012.
He made his senior debut in October 2012 against Huddersfield Town in the Championship and he went on to make twenty appearances, fourteen of those as starts, before signing a new three-year contract.
In 2015, Hancox signed on loan at Crawley Town and went on to make 15 league appearances, scoring on his home debut against Leyton Orient.
In the summer of 2016, he left Birmingham City after 33 league appearances and 40 appearances in all competitions for Brum and signed in August 2016 for National League club Macclesfield Town.
After appearing in a holding midfield role, as well as at his customary left-back position, he then moved to the left-wing and weighed in with a number of important goals, finishing the 2016-17 campaign with 38 appearances and 6 goals, including a hat-trick against Borehamwood in March 2017. He also helped the club to reach Wembley Stadium in the FA Trophy final.
He continued that fine form into the 2017-18 season, scoring his second senior hat-trick in January 2018 away to FC Halifax Town and he helped the club to win the National League title, scoring 7 goals in 39 appearances, including in a 2-0 victory at Eastleigh that sealed promotion.
ACHIEVE Director James Garley said: “We are delighted for Mitch to secure a move to a club that we firmly believe will be in the hunt for promotion.
“Paul Tisdale has shown a great desire to secure Mitch’s signature and under his guidance we believe that he will continue to enjoy his football and perform consistently well.
“Paul is a fantastic young manager who has led Exeter to the brink of promotion time and time again on limited resources and he knows how to get the best out of his players and it is a perfect fit for Mitch.
“We think a lot of Mitch here at ACHIEVE, he is a lovely person and a very talented footballer and he had a wonderful season so it was extremely important to choose the right club to build upon the success he had this campaign.
“There was a lot of interest from clubs, but Milton Keynes Dons was the unanimous decision and I know that Mitch is delighted to join them.
“We wish them every success this season.”
“It’s amazing to be here,” Hancox told iFollow MK Dons. “I had two brilliant years at Macclesfield but I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve got here.
“Everything about the club is set up to do well. The manager was really enthusiastic when I met him and he’s had success in this league. I’m excited to get going and can’t wait to start.”
He added: “I work hard – that is a big part of my game and if you see I’m not doing that then do tell me! I like to chip in with goals too and be creative, putting balls in the box.”
Manager Paul Tisdale told mkdons.com: “Mitch has good pedigree having started his career at Birmingham City, where he made first-team appearances as a young player. He moved on and he’s had a couple of very good seasons at Macclesfield Town – notably last season in a promotion-winning team.
“He can play up and down the left-hand side, he’s full of energy and I’m looking forward to seeing how he fits into this environment. He is another player who has played a lot of football in a winning team recently and I hope he can bring that into his game here at Stadium MK.”
Milton Keynes Dons fans can get a glimpse of what they have signed by watching a video below courtesy of Sam Page…