The hard work doesn’t stop for Lewis Johnson after signing his first professional deal with MK Dons.
Johnson committed his future to the Football Club earlier this week, ensuring he will continue his development under the watchful eye of Russell Martin at Stadium MK.
The 17-year-old has made nine appearances for Martin’s first-team already this campaign and hopes to do enough on the training ground to ensure there are many more to come.
“I want to really kick on now,” he said in his interview with iFollow MK Dons. “I’m hungry for more and I’ll be looking to take the opportunities when they come.
“It’s every boys dream (to be a professional footballer). It’s a great feeling because a lot of hard work has gone into it. When I was really young, I was terrible at football, so to see where I’ve come from and the work it’s taken me to get here, it really touches me.
“I got rejected by many clubs when I was younger but luckily Villa picked me up when I was 13. It didn’t really work out for me there but then I came back to the Dons, which is where I really where I wanted to be.
“I’m just grateful to the manger, all the staff, all the players and my family as well. Everyone has been great with me and they’ve all just wanted me to succeed.”
He continued: “It’s been an adjustment to first-team life, in terms of what’s expected of you but I’ve really enjoyed the process. I’m a much better person and a player for being with the first team. I’ve grown on the pitch, with my ability, but also socially as well.
“(Russ and Luke Williams) have been really great with me too. They’ve been patient with me and they’ve really helped me feel a part of the squad.”