Statue of Lewie would delight former team-mate Chadwick

"I'm surprised he's still going with the amount he moaned about it over the years!"

Monday, 26th April 2021, 12:24 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 12:28 pm
Dean Lewington

Dean Lewington deserves a statue at Stadium MK and it's something his former Dons team-mate Luke Chadwick cannot wait to see.

Chadwick made nearly 250 appearances for Dons between 2008 and 2014 - the majority of which would have been with Lewington at left-back.

But while the former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder called time on his professional career in 2015, Lewington has signed a new contract to play next season, on course for 50 appearances this season.

Luke Chadwick played nearly 250 games for Dons

"It's absolutely incredible," said Chadwick of his former skipper. "I'm surprised he's still going with the amount he moaned about it over the years! You don't see careers like that any more.

"He deserves all the plaudits he gets and will continue to get. He's signed for another year now, and there's not a player who better recognises his strengths and weaknesses than him.

"There's not a better passer of the ball in that position, breaking the lines as Russell likes them to do. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a few more years left in him. I'll definitely be popping over to Milton Keynes when the statue does eventually get build to have a look- he deserves one that's for sure.

"And he's never injured! He's got that strength about him, and a strength of mind. He's a legend of MK Dons."

Chadwick spent longer at Stadium MK than anywhere else in his career. While he left just before Karl Robinson's squad would secure promotion to the Championship, Chadwick he holds his time in Milton Keynes at the top of the list.

He said: "It was the best period of my career, and the place I managed to stay fit the longest - though the fans probably didn't see it like that! It was a great fit for me. I was living in Cambridge and travelling across.

"It was a beautiful place for my wife and kids to come and watch me play football, I was made to feel so welcome there. It was a wonderful club to play for."