Landmark appearance means little to Lewington with Dons in a dog fight

Dean Lewington
Dean Lewington

Dean Lewington will make his 700th career appearance should he play on Saturday against Southend, but he said the landmark pales into insignificance given MK Dons league position.

Heading to Roots Hall five points adrift of Oldham Athletic in 20th, Dons could be relegated next Tuesday night if results go against them.

Lewington has been ever-present under Dan Micciche

Lewington has been ever-present under Dan Micciche

And with that sword hanging over the club, Lewington said he wasn't really paying much attention to his latest landmark.

"It would have been nicer if we were midtable or going for something and we could enjoy it, but there slightly more important matters on the pitch so it takes a back seat," he said.

"I think I was told last week I was on 698, I had no idea. It's something you look back on when you finish football with a bit of satisfaction, but in the present, it's just another game. It's a nice little milestone but on the grand scheme of things there are more important matters."

Lewington admitted his status as a one-club man is a rare feat in the modern game, especially with the managerial and player turnaround seen at most clubs.

He continued: "Contracts are shorter, it's easier to move now and society is like that. There are still a few one-club men, but this club is different because we've not had many managers.

"Looking around at other clubs in this division, they have a huge turnaround of players and managers. It can be a constant revolving door so it can be hard not just to please one manager but sometimes ten or 12 in your career."

Manager Dan Micciche was full of praise for his skipper as he approached the game, saying: "It's a fantastic achievement by any professional. What we get from Lewie every day is 100 per cent commitment to what we're doing.

"He has been terrific since I've been here, we have 20 minutes, half an hour every day discussing various things and his experience will be key in the run in."

Lewington's legacy at the club though could extend beyond his playing days. Already in a coaching role at Dons, Lewington said he'd like to remain with the club when he stops playing, but also has his eyes on a bigger prize.

"A statue? I think we should put it in the centre circle so people have to take it around me! But I'd hope to get a stand rather than a statue, so we'll have to wait and see," he joked.

"MK Dons has been a massive part of my life and if (coaching) is the path I go down, I'd like to do it with Milton Keynes. It's something I'm not too worried about at the moment but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."