Gilbey doubles up as he claims Dons' Player of the Year for a second year

Gilbey and Healey pick up two awards each in the virtual awards

Friday, 26th June 2020, 9:13 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 9:16 pm
Alex Gilbey

Alex Gilbey said he was delighted to have become the second player to land back-to-back MK Dons Player of the Year awards on Friday night.

The virtually presented awards ceremony saw Gilbey pick up the prize for the second year in a row, having also claimed it during Dons promotion campaign last year.

Rhys Healey won two awards, landing Top Goal Scorer and Players' Player of the Season, while Jordan Houghton got the nod for a second consecutive season as Media Personality. George Williams was named Community Ambassador of the Season and Sam Nombe was crowned MKDSA's Young Player of the Year.

Gilbey joins Dons legend Luke Chadwick in winning the prize in back-to-back seasons.

"I'm chuffed," said Gilbey after winning the top prize. "It's a really proud moment for me, and thank you to the fans for voting for me.

"I've loved it here, I've made a lot of friends for life. Into my third season, I know a lot of the fans, I get on well with the chairman, and it has been really good. I'm looking forward to next season as well.

"It has been a long, hard few months for people. We can see the end line coming up now. We were in a really good place before all this happened.

"We were in a bit of a pickle before, but we can't wait to get back and crack on now. In the new season, you never know what might happen. I think we should be muich higher up the table than we are now."

Manager Russell Martin added: "He has been a really big part of what we're doing on and off the pitch. Some of his performances have been outstanding and I still think he's got loads more to come and he knows that. I hope we can get even more from him next season."

Gilbey also landed the Goal of the Season for his spectacular effort against Gillingham. One of five goals he netted during the campaign, he said: "I gave the ball to Nombe and he gave it back to my throat! I knew I had to make something happen, so I flicked it over my own head and it came off and then finished it. I'm chuffed with the goal.

"To be honest, I preferred the Portsmouth goal, but I'll never be able to repeat the Gillingham one so it's up there with one of my best."