Dons chief executive Carl Hall has paid tribute to ‘bus conductor’ Kyle Kesik ahead of his testimonial game against Leeds Rhinos.
Castleford-born Kesik is the club’s longest serving player after joining from Sheffield Eagles in 2009.
Tomorrow’s match at the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm) will mark the start of the 29-year-old’s benefit year.
“Kyle's stuck with us, through some tough times as well,” said Hall.
“He's been great. He's probably matured a hell of a lot over the last few years.
“We all know he wears his heart on his sleeve. He's fiery but he gives his all in every game.
“It’s a thoroughly deserved testimonial.
“He's a big Leeds fan and Gary Hetherington came good for us. He deserves it and he's earned it.”
Hall, with a big smile, added: “He's a mad man on the bus journeys coming home, which he's famous for.
“But I only have to turn round every now and again and give him a look! We've got a really good relationship, there’s a mutual respect there.
“The boys love him, he's a great kid.
“Truth be known he's quite quiet until he's had a dark fruit cider and then he's a different man!
“He's great, he's no bother. He's very passionate and he just loves the club.”