A visibly stunned Carl Baker admitted he’d swap his Player of the Year award for a promotion medal.
The midfielder was picked by the club’s fans as the season’s top performer at the awards ceremony on Tuesday night, but it came as a complete shock to the man himself.
Baker joined Dons from Coventry in October, and has gone on to make 34 appearances, netting nine times, helping Dons to the brink of the Championship.
But despite being told to prepare a speech by manager Karl Robinson throughout the night, Baker said the award came as a complete shock.
“I didn’t expect it whatsoever,” he laughed. “There are so many talented players in this team who have performed well all season that it didn’t even enter my mind.
“The gaffer was winding me up to get a speech ready - obviously he wasn’t winding me up! He always winds me up with stuff like that, I thought it was another of his little jokes.
“When my name was read out, I was shocked, and I still am. I’d like to thank all the fans for voting for me.
“It’s one of the best awards dos I’ve been to. I was having a chilled night, speaking to the sponsors and cheering on the lads winning awards. I wasn’t sweating before, but now I’m dripping with it!”
But with promotion within touching distance, Baker admits he’d swap his personal gong for promotion.
He said: “I would. To play back in the Championship would be a team achievement, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s nice getting individual awards and it’s a great feeling, but it’s a team game.
“To go up would be an unbelievable feeling. To be in the Championship from where they’ve come from would be an amazing thing to be part of.”