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Healey at the double

Striker reflects on his two end-of-season awards...

2 July 2020

Rhys Healey enjoyed a terrific first season as a permanent MK Dons player and his stunning form was recognised with two honours during the Club’s Virtual Awards Night.

Despite being limited to just 21 appearances in the 2019/20 season due to injury, the striker walked away with the Top Goalscorer award and Players’ Player of the Year – much to the surprise and delight of the MK Dons number 10.

“I’m really happy,” Healey, who found the net 12 times last term, told MKFM during their MK Dons Virtual Awards Night.

“Of course [I wanted to win Top Goalscorer]. As a striker, all you want to do is score goals and I was lucky to do that this season.

“But, I’m surprised I’ve won [Player’s Player of the Year]. It’s an award I’ve always wanted to win, so I’m grateful for it.

“It means everything [that my teammates voted for me] and that they have the trust in me. It’s a big achievement for me.”

He added: “I’ll be approaching every game next season with the same mindset of wanting to score goals and make sure my work rate is up there for the team. I want to hit the ground running and help the team get points on the board.”

One of the players who chose Healey as their Players’ Player of the Year was captain Dean Lewington, who heaped praise on the 25-year-old during last week’s Virtual Awards Night on MKFM.

“His goals stand out, of course. He’s a natural goalscorer and he scored good goals at crucial times for us.

“But, it’s also his work rate and effect on the team. When Rhys wasn’t in the team it really coincided with our bad period and it’s no coincidence when Rhys returned, so did the results. He has that impact on the team and the players around him.”

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