Having spent a number of years in the Academy, John Freeman is giving back to the current crop, as he gave up an afternoon to tell his story to MK Dons’ Under-18s.
Freeman, who has been with the Club since the age of 10, signed his first professional contract with MK Dons in September and has made seven appearances for Russell Martin’s side this season.
The 19-year-old suffered two serious injuries during his time as a scholar, but battled against the odds to earn himself a professional contract – and is now looking to pass on his experiences to the next generation.
“I think it’s really important to give back and inspire those in the academy,” Freeman told iFollow MK Dons. “I know I loved hearing from First-Team players when I was in the academy, so anything I can do to help benefit the Club can only be a positive.
“I had a really rough 18-months as an Under-18 so I’m appreciating every single moment as a First-Team player. I love representing MK Dons and I wanted to relay that to the scholars.
“It was vital for me to highlight the importance of working hard and doing your extras as it’s the little things that help you earn your place.”