Callum Brittain couldn’t hide his delight after signing his second professional deal with Milton Keynes Dons.
The Academy graduate signed his first contract with the Club in April 2016 and since then has come on leaps and bounds.
The 19-year-old has spent the majority of his life at MK Dons, first joining the Club at the age of seven.
“It’s a very special club and one that’s close to my heart,” Brittain told iFollow MK Dons after penning his deal.
“I’ve been here since Under-8s and there is nothing better for me than to be a part of the Club and to try and get them to where they belong – it’s a special environment to be involved in.”
It’s without doubt been a breakthrough season for the youngster. Having made his debut at the backend of last season, Brittain has gone on to feature 18 times this campaign and also scored his first goal for the Club.
His form hasn’t gone unnoticed either as Brittain earned international recognition for the first time this season having been called-up to the England Under-20s squad in September.
Despite all his success this season, it’s come as somewhat of a surprise to Brittain.
“I didn’t expect this season to be honest,” he admitted. “I wanted to be more involved but I didn’t expect to come as far as I have.
“It was an unbelievable movement to score my first goal and to do it in front of the home fans made it even more special.
“England was great too and it gave me the recognition that I was playing well here.”
It can sometimes be hard for a young player to integrate into an experienced squad but for Brittain it’s been a smooth transition which, he says, has been made easier with the help of his colleagues.
“Everyone here has been a great help to me. Alex Gilbey helps me a lot and George Williams has given me a lot of positional advice. Dean Lewington has also been a massive help to me – to have a lot of experienced heads in the squad has been useful for me.”
Now his contract has been signed, Brittain has now set his eyes on helping the Dons climb up the Sky Bet League One table.
“There is nothing more I want than to help the team and push the Club higher and achieve everything we can.
“My goal is to keep playing, improving and hopefully get one or two goals under my belt.”
The defender also praised the support of the Dons faithful, who have stuck with both him and the side through thick and thin.
“This Club is so close to my heart and to know the fans are on my side and giving me the support is a nice feeling - it means a lot having my own chant.”