MARTIN SALUTE TO DONS ON EVE OF EXIT
MK DONS’ long-serving goalkeeper David Martin says the club will always hold a special place in his heart, despite confirming he will be leaving at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old, son of former West Ham defender Alvin Martin, has made 332 appearances for the Dons in eight-and-a-half years with them, across two spells.
Martin recently lost his place in the side following a back injury. Lee Nicholls is now the regular pick between the sticks and, after discussions with manager Robbie Neilson, he feels it is time for a new challenge.
Martin said: “I would like to thank the club, the fans and my team-mates for the fantastic support I have always received, while I reserve a special thank you to my goalkeeping coach Paul Heald and our outstanding chairman, Pete Winkelman.
“The highlights for me were the first-ever meeting between us and AFC Wimbledon, beating Manchester United and gaining promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.
“I thank the fans that have supported me through all the good and bad times we’ve seen at the club. Milton Keynes will always be a special place and club to me.
“I wish all my friends at the club all the very best for the future. I am proud to say I’ve been part of a special community and club.”
Martin began his career at Wimbledon FC and followed them in their move to Milton Keynes before leaving for Liverpool in 2006, where he spent four years before returning to the Dons.
Chairman Winkleman said: “Dave has played a massive part in our journey as a football club and we will be forever grateful for that.
“He’s also been involved in some amazing highlights, ones which will live long in the memory of our supporters.”
STALWART: David Martin