Max Dean was named winner of the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for October, becoming the sixth MK Dons player to win the award.
Dean received the award after scoring four in four in the month, helping the Dons pick up two victories and two draws from their games.
The 19-year-old former Leeds striker was given the award, which is given each month to the player either under 21 or who turns 21 during a season for their work in a month.
Previous winners of the award in an MK Dons shirt have included Sam Baldock, Patrick Bamford, Dele Alli, Callum Brittain and Matt O’Riley.
Dean told the official MK Dons website of his delight at being named the recipient of the award.
He said, “We had some good results at the end of last month and I was pleased to be able to score the goals I did to help us achieve that.
“There is no better than feeling than scoring a goal. When you look into the crowd and see the faces of the supporters and know you’re making yourself as happy as someone else, it’s a great feeling and gives you an unbelievable buzz.”
“There are some top names that have won this award, including players who are now scoring goals in the Premier League, so if I could have half the career of any of those guys then I would be made up.
“Ultimately, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates – without them and the chances they created for me, I wouldn’t have been able to score the goals that I did.”
Dean’s goals in the month included a brace against Barrow and goals in victories over Bradford and Swindon in new Head Coach Mike Williamson’s first home games in charge of the Dons.
Williamson praised Dean for his character and commitment.
He said, “He deserves every bit of credit he gets because he is an unbelievably infectious character.
“When I arrived, I knew straight away that I was going to enjoy working with Max. I think his personality and charisma is the best thing about him, which you constantly see on the pitch.
“He has an incredibly high-ceiling, mostly because of his maturity and willingness to learn. He understands how much he’s got to learn – not only is he willing to put in the hours, he’s also aware of what he needs to do, which is the making of a top player.”