Dean Lewington has extended his affiliation with MK Dons to a 15th season after signing a new contract.
The Football Club’s longest-serving player was at Stadium MK on Thursday to put pen to paper on a new two-year deal, which will run up until June 2019.
This new contract will give Lewington the opportunity to add to his already-outstanding appearance total, which currently stands at 641 – the most made by an MK Dons player in the Club’s history, by quite some margin.
What’s more, once John Terry has departed Chelsea this summer, Lewington will sit top of the tree for appearances made for one club by an active player in the UK.
“MK Dons has been my life and this is my home,” he told mkdons.com.
“I’ve played a lot of games here and devoted my career to this place but I’m looking forward to adding to the total and being part of something new for two more years.”
He also had this message for the fans: “I’ve always had a good relationship with the fans and they’ve supported me brilliantly. A lot of them got in contact at the end of last season to wish me the best whatever happened - after all these years, it’s nice that they still like me! I’m very thankful for their support over the years.”
Chairman Pete Winkelman told mkdons.com: “I’m thrilled that Deano has committed to the Club and extended his affiliation with MK Dons for another two years.
“He is one of the foundation stones our Club is built on. He’s played a massive part over the years and it’s fantastic that he sees his future with us.
“He epitomises what MK Dons stands for.”
Manager Robbie Neilson added to mkdons.com: “I’m delighted Lewie has signed for another two years.
“He brings great experience to the squad and he’s a role model for the younger players. He’s a leader on and off the field and will continue to be an integral part of the Club.”
A Wimbledon trainee, Lewington started in a Stuart Murdoch-led Dons side which drew 1-1 with Barnsley in the Club’s first-ever competitive fixture back in 2004 and since then the dominant left-back has been a virtual ever-present.