Beyond football, numerous factors influence the decision to move to MK

Summer signings  had more than his own life to consider while deciding to go to Milton Keynes.
The choice to relocate 120 miles from Crewe to Milton Keynes had an impact not just on summer signing Luke Offord, but also his girlfriend and dog.

The 24-year-old has spent the majority of his life with Crewe Alexandra, joining as a seven-year-old and progressing through the ranks to captain the first team.
With a house and a family unit in Cheshire, Offord’s choice to leave the Railwaymen meant disrupting everything for the sake of his career.

After Crewe narrowly missed out on promotion last season, Offord admitted it would have been easy to stay at the club for another season, having played the best football of his career before an ankle injury cut it short, but decided with the blessing of his partner that it was time to make a change.
“It’s not just football,” he explained. “It was a really huge decision. I had been there for 17 years, since I was seven. I had a house up north with my partner and puppy, so coming down was a difficult decision, but it was the ideal time in my career to try something new.

“We talked about it a lot last season since it was something I was interested in doing, and we had many chats. “She advised me to prioritise my personal and professional goals.”She’s torn between coming down here and doing what’s best for herself.”

On the pitch, he said: “I had a really excellent relationship with the boss at Crewe, and I arguably had my greatest season there last season. They brought out the best in me, so leaving was a tough decision. But a change is necessary in my work, and I believe I will only grow here.”

Offord met his new teammates during the first week of pre-season training at Woughton last week, along with several other new faces who have joined Mike Williamson’s squad.

And, while he is currently working his way back to full fitness following last season’s ankle troubles, he feels he will be ready for the new season in less than a month.

He stated: “After returning from an injury four months ago, I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things and get healthy. It’s been a fantastic couple days here so far.

“My ankle is fine, but we are still managing it at the moment. Meeting all of the lads has also been crucial, as has developing ties with them both on and off the pitch, which will serve us well in the upcoming season.”

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