Lewington wins his first MK Dons Player of the Year award
"I must look better on TV than I do in person!"
It took him 16 attempts, but Dean Lewington has finally been named MK Dons Player of the Year.
Though there have been plenty of contenders for the top prize, Lewington's performances across the season have stood out, and have been recognised by the supporters who voted for the 36-year-old to win it for the first time.
"It feels great!" he said. "It's a total surprise, I didn't think it was on the horizon, so it was a massive shock. It's a nice feeling, I'm happy and proud to win it.
"When you're a defender, you go under the radar and do things that aren't as attractive, but I know some people recognise those things. It has been a real shame we've not had the fans in but I must look better on TV than I do in person!
"We've got young players coming in, the squad naturally evolves and you have to be of use. Playing in different positions has helped me. This isn't a charity - Russ isn't picking me because we used to be room-mates! You have to keep performing. This year has been one of the most enjoyable and it has shown on the pitch."
Manager Russell Martin added: "As a team-mate he was huge, but as captain for us as staff he has been immense on and off the pitch. He has been asked to play three new positions this season and has been outstanding in all of them.
"The way he trains at his age, he's a real example and has been so important for us on the pitch. And personally, for me off it, the way he talks to players and in meetings. We thought he might play a bit less this season but he has been so important, our most consistent and our best player.
"I'm so grateful to him and he'll continue to be a big player for us next season."
Scott Fraser came away with two (and a half) awards on the night, scooping the Players' Player of the Year prize from his team-mates, the Community Ambassador prize and is being made to wait for the Top Scorer award, which he currently is tied with Cameron Jerome for,
On his Players' Player prize, Fraser said: "I'm over the moon with this one. We've got a lot of good players who have played well this season but for them to vote for me means a lot.
I've really enjoyed my time here. The boys have all been brilliant with me, the coaches have all helped me improve."
MK Dons Awards winners:
Player of the Year – Dean Lewington
Players’ Player of the Year – Scott Fraser
Team Performance of the Year – 1-0 vs Charlton Athletic
Goal of the Season – Will Grigg v Gillingham
Top Goalscorer – Cameron Jerome and Scott Fraser (tied)
Media Personality of the Year – Warren O’Hora
Fan of the Year – Jonathan Harries, and Liam, Joe and Ross from the MK1 Podcast
Young Fans of the Year – Max Salt and Maja Kopec
MKDSA Young Player of the Year – Harry Darling
MKDSA Disability Player of the Year – All staff, coaches and players
Academy Player of the Year – Lewis Johnson
Women’s Player of the Year – Jade Bell
Community Ambassador – Scott Fraser'