Captaincy was an honour for Darling
The 21-year-old took the armband in the closing stages against Crewe on Monday
Wearing the MK Dons captain's armband was a privilege for Harry Darling even if it was only for 16 minutes.
Andrew Surman has worn the armband in the recent absence of Dean Lewington, but when he was replaced in the 74th minute, handed it to Darling for the remainder of the game.
"I think Surs just looked around and I was the first one he looked at!" said Darling. "It's an honour to captain the side and I hope I can do it a few more times."
In only his 16th appearance for the club, Darling is making a real name for himself at the heart of Dons' defence with a string of excellent displays since signing from Cambridge United in January.
Already tipped to play at a higher level than League One, Darling said there is plenty to improve in his game but feels he is in the right place to do it at Stdium MK.
He said: "I do believe in my ability and I wouldn't have joined the club if I didn't think I could step up. I think the style really helps and suits me. Russ and Luke has really helped me develop and that's a credit to them to improve me on and off the pitch. Every footballer wants to play in this style of play.
"It brings out the best in players, having that responsibility. It's a bit daunting, those first few games was different to how I was used to playing but it's a good challenge for me and it can only improve me as a player."