Dons players could have left for more money – Dean Lewington

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CAPTAIN Dean Lewington says some of his team-mates have turned down big money moves to stay at stadium:mk and help MK Dons win promotion out of League 1 this season.

Without going into specifics, the 28-year-old was quite clear that some of those he returned to training with on Tuesday could have been starting their pre-season schedules elsewhere.

“All the boys who have stayed here have had better offers to go elsewhere – and by that I mean more money – but they’ve decided to stay,” said Lewington.

“When you enjoy it, people are willing to take a chance and go with it. That’s testament to what we have going here.

“There isn’t too much speculation floating around the club this summer either. There’s no ‘will he go, won’t he go’ like there was last year.

“When you prepare in pre-season with someone, then you lose him, it’s a huge disruption. So this year it feels much more stable.

“It’s great to know that some of the players who were here last season and could have left the club for no money have decided to stay. It says everything about the club that people want to stay here.

“And as yet we have no loan signings which hindered us a bit, so things are looking good.”

Lewington is set to start his fifth season as Dons captain, and after suffering more than his fair share of play-offs misery, says he’s desperate to finally make this campaign the one that he helps the club reach the Championship.

“I’ll take anything as long as we go up,” he said. “If it’s the play-offs again, then that’s what has to be done. But we just want to get over that line.”