League Two Forward On Trial With Championship Club

MK Dons forward Sullay Kaikai has reportedly rejected a new deal with the club and has joined Championship side Rotherham United on trial, as reported by Darren Witcoop via a post on Twitter.

Rotherham United have taken MK Dons forward Sully Kaikai on trial in the winger’s bid to earn a contract with the South Yorkshire side during their pre season camp in Spain.

Who is Sullay Kaikai?

Kaikai came through the ranks at Crystal Palace, having multiple loan spells in the EFL including Cambridge United, Brentford and Charlton Athletic, enjoying two breakthrough loan spells at Shrewsbury Town, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances in Shropshire across two loan spells in the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons.

The Sierra Leonean left the south London club in 2019 after 9 years on a free transfer to NAC Brada, terminating his contract after just six months to return to England, signing for Blackpool.

In Lancashire, the wideman enjoyed a two year spell at the coastal club, making 68 appearances and scoring 13 goals as Neil Critchley’s side secured promotion to the championship via the play offs in 2021.

Following the expiry of his contract at Blackpool, the Southwark-born winger stayed in league one with newly relegated Wycombe Wanderers, making 32 appearances and scoring two goals as the Chairboys missed out on promotion to Sunderland at Wembley. Kaikai then joined MK Dons in January 2023 on a short term deal following his departure from Adams Park.

Kaikai scored two goals for MK as Mark Jackson’s side were relegated to the fourth tier on the final day.

The versatile forward also made his debut for his country, Sierra Leone in a 1-0 victory over Benin in and African Cup of Nations qualifying match in December 2021, being named in the squad for the nation’s first appearance in the competition since 1996.

What has been said?

Millers’ manager, Matt Taylor told iFollow about Kaikai linking up with the squad during their pre-season camp in Murcia:

“It’s a great opportunity for him to impress, work hard and fit in with the lads and be a good player, which we know he is” said the former Exeter City boss.

Writer’s View

This is a move that I struggle to see materialise given that Kaikai has not been particularly prolific at League One level in recent years, the second tier may be a stretch.

However, for Rotherham’s budget, this could prove to be a valuable, versatile squad option under the right management as they look to solidify themselves as a Championship side for the second season running.

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