Having been with MK Dons for over 10-years and having suffered two serious injuries in the last 24-months - John Freeman was handed his debut for his boyhood club against Coventry City.
Freeman was named in Russell Martin’s starting XI for the first competitive game of the season and played the full 90-minutes at Stadium MK.
Making your debut is an emotional moment for any footballer, and it was no different for Freeman who says he couldn’t wait to tell his parents the news.
“I’m very happy,” Freeman told iFollow MK Dons following Saturday’s clash. “I’ve been at the club for 10 years so it was a real dream to make my debut.
“I found out last Friday before training – Russ and Luke pulled me to one side and told me I’d be starting. I had a whole world of emotions come over me – it was a struggle to get to sleep that night.
“I couldn’t wait until I got home to tell my parents – I told them straight away!”
During his scholarship with the Dons, Freeman ruptured his MCL and broke his leg. It’s safe to say Freeman felt emotional after making his professional debut and saved a special thank you for the Medial and Sports Science Department.
“I ruptured my MCL, I returned and then broke my leg. I cannot thank the Medical staff enough – they’ve been amazing and it was really emotional being out there.
“It was a mix of emotions because it was disappointing to lose, especially to 10 men, but we played brilliant football throughout. I'm happy to have made my debut but I think we could have won today. It helped me it being a Cup game, but we're trying to do well in the league and I think we can concentrate on that.”