Reeves would trade prizes for promotion

Ben Reeves and Dele Alli both picked up awards on Tuesday night
Ben Reeves and Dele Alli both picked up awards on Tuesday night
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Ben Reeves was the big winner at the annual MK Dons Player of the Year Awards on Tuesday night, but admitted he’d swap his four gongs for a place in the Championship next season.

The 22-year-old took home the MKDSA Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Goal of the Season - for his strike against Stevenage - and Player of the Year prizes in his first season with the club, having signed from Southampton last June.

Despite fighting his way into the team in the early part of the campaign, Reeves quickly became a regular in the team as the season wore on, netting 11 goals along the way.

But although injury at the end of March cut short his season, he still walked out as the leading prize-taker of the night.

There were also awards for Dele Alli, who, somewhat predictably, picked up the Young Player of the Year award, while Brendan Galloway took home the Academy Player of the Year prize.

David Martin won Community Ambassador of the Year for the second year running, and Dean Lewington, fresh from making his 500th MK Dons appearance last Saturday against Rotherham, was named Player of the Decade.

Ross Pike was named MKDSA Disability Player of the Year, Claire Hollingsworth scooped Ladies Player of the Year, and Jon Otsemobor’s ‘Heel of God’ winning goal against AFC Wimbledon was named MK Dons Goal of the Decade.

For Reeves though, he admitted he’d swap all the personal awards for a place in the Championship.

“For a place in the Championship I would. We all want to play in the Championship.

“Getting the awards from the fans and players means a lot though.

“We’ve got the players to do it, there is some great quality in there.

“Dean Lewington has just won Player of the Decade because he has been top quality for 10 years, so players like that deserve to be promoted with this club.”

But that’s not to say he wasn’t very pleased with the awards he won on the night, even if he doesn’t quite have enough space on his mantle piece to fit them all on.

He said: “I wasn’t expecting so many. I’m very grateful to the players and the fans.

“It has made me really happy, and I’m happy to get them! They’re all brilliant.

“I didn’t know where I was going to be at the start of this season.

“As a player that can be very unsettling, so I’ve got to thank the manager and chairman for bringing me here.

“For the players to give me the backing they did when I first got here was a huge boost, even when I wasn’t playing.”