Jordan Spence may look back on 2015 fondly, but not until he retires from football.
The 25-year-old was disappointed in the way Dons ended the calendar year, with defeat to Birmingham City on Monday.
However, Dons’ year has been the most successful in their history. Earning promotion to the Championship and scoring 77 goals, it has been a memorable one too, but Spence isn’t one for dwelling on the past.
“If you’re a fan of the club I’m sure it was a great year and I’m grateful to be a part of that,” he said.
“But as footballers, we have to look forward and set new goals and targets. If I wasn’t doing that, I’d need to stop playing football.
“At the end of my career, I might look back and think 2015 was a good year. For me now, it’s all about Leeds United next and progressing.
“Getting promotion was a memorable moment, both individually and as a group. But it’s even better to be playing football at a higher level.”
The new year is also shaping up to be a vital period for the club as the transfer window reopens. With backing from the chairman’s wallet, Karl Robinson is already setting his sights on bringing new faces to the club.
And Spence, no stranger to meeting new team-mates during his time at stadium:mk, feels as long as any new arrivals share the same desire to keep Dons in the Championship, they’ll be welcomed into the group.
He said: “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been used to new faces mostly on a loan basis. But we’re all striving for one purpose and one goal, and if that person comes in with the same mentality, they’ll be welcomed with open arms. It’s a good dressing room to be a part of, and as long as they’re willing to put in the same effort as the rest of us, we’re more than happy to have them in there to push us all on.
“We’re a club all about progression. When we came up, we said we could compete at this level and we need to show that every week. Winning speaks more than me saying ‘we can do it’ but need to show that.”