Departing defender Adam Chicksen caught up with mkdons.com after completing his move to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this afternoon.
, came through the Dons' academy set-up and played just shy of 100 games for the Club in five seasons. mkstadiumChicksen, who today (Sunday) signed a three-year-deal with the Seagulls having turned down the offer of a new contract at
The young full-back's growth as a footballer over the last few years has been clear and it comes as no surprise that the 22-year-old has received interest from higher-division outfits this summer.
Chicksen, though, told mkdons.com that if it weren't for the staff and supporters at MK Dons, he wouldn't be in the position he is today.
Speaking in his farewell interview, he said: "It's a sort of bittersweet feeling. It was an opportunity to further my career and it was one I really couldn't pass up but I'm going to be sad to leave the Club behind.
"I'll never forget the good memories, like QPR last year which was special for me and the whole Club. Everyone celebrated that, not just the fans and the players, but the whole Club.
"Even the play-off games will stay with me, despite the fact that we lost them. If I hadn't gone through the heartache of losing those big games I wouldn't be the player I am now. You learn from experiences and it only makes you better. I'll never forget all of those memories.
"I've got to say a special thanks to, obviously, the Chairman and Karl who have instilled the philosophy which has changed the way MK Dons is viewed. Mike Dove, John Gorman and even Gary Waddock more recently as well, if wasn't for them and all their hard-work I wouldn't be where I am today.
"But, it's especially sad to say goodbye to the fans because they've always had an impact on my performance, in every game I've played. I've got all the respect in the world for them and I'm extremely thankful for their support."
Chicksen will now jet off to Spain to link up with his new team-mates in their pre-season training camp. The Seagulls, who missed out on promotion to the Premier League after play-off defeat, will be looking to go one step further in 2013/14 and reach the top division and the, now, former Dons defender is excited with this new challenge.
"While I was in the side at the back end of last year all my focus was on getting the Dons promoted and it's only recently that this move has come to fruition. Like I've said, it's a chance I couldn't turn down.
"They've offered me a chance to play in the Championship and maybe even the Premier League soon so I'm just really excited, as much as I'm sad to leave the Dons behind.
"I'll definitely become an MK Dons fan now I'm no longer a player. I'll keep an eye on the results and I'll be rooting for them to get up this season and hopefully we'll meet again in the Premier League in the near future."