Swindon Town are delighted to announce Michael Doughty has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2022.
Doughty finished the 2018/19 season as Town’s top goalscorer after opening the campaign in incredible fashion with a last-gasp hat-trick in the 3-2 win against Macclesfield.
His continued form under Richie Wellens saw him become a vital part of Town’s midfield and his commitment to the club is a welcome addition to the string of signings and renewals this off-season.
Doughty had offers from teams in League One but has turned them down to commit his future to the project at SN1.
The illustrious midfielder started his career at QPR making his debut for the R’s in the FA Cup against Blackburn. Four years later, he made his Premier League bow against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but, under various managers, his chances with the first-team were sporadic and he had several loan spells including Woking, Crawley, Aldershot, St. Johnstone, Stevenage and Gillingham.
His final two loan spells were both at his now-permanent home at SN1 where he originally arrived in January 2016. After renewing his loan at the start of the 2016/17 season, Doughty was recalled to QPR but not used by Rangers. He moved on at the end of the campaign to London Road and Peterborough where he made the 34 appearances in League One before returning to the County Ground a year later.
Upon signing his new deal, Michael said:
“I spoke to the Manager at the end of last season and he was keen to extend my stay and so was I.
“Ultimately, my career has had a number of clubs and this is the one club I’ve felt very connected to and managed to produce my best football so I thought it was the best thing for me to show my intent and I wanted to be a part of the club’s future and success.”
Richie Wellens said:
“It’s excellent news because he’s a player with a helluva lot of talent – he’s someone I want to get even more out of. He’s coming in every single day and working hard – he came back flying, he had the lowest body fat at pre-season testing out of the whole squad.
“I’m really pleased but the important thing now is about getting the absolute maximum out of Michael Doughty.”