Young Player Of The Season & Shareholders' Young Player
Seamus Coleman’s star continues to rise following the capture of two prestigious awards at Everton’s 6th Annual End of Season Awards.
Such has been the precocious Irishman’s impact upon the Blues’ 2010/11 campaign, he was a clear favourite to sweep the prizes for emerging talent.
And so it proved as he scooped the Young Player of the Season and the Shareholders’ Young Player of the Season awards at the SE Investments sponsored event.
Coleman’s infectious attitude, rambunctious style and fearless approach have been a breath of fresh air this season, his zest for the game adding a new dimension to David Moyes’ side.
His displays had already earned him a PFA Young Player of the Year nomination, and the 22-year-old from Donegal admitted it was a proud moment as he collected his trophies at the BT Convention Centre.
Coleman said: "I am shocked to be honest. Two years ago I didn't even think I would be at Everton let alone winning awards.
"Everyone has been so good to me since I came over, all of the first team squad, all of the coaching staff and, of course, the fans.
"There have been so many highlights, my debut against Fulham and my first goal against Blackpool stand out.
"So many good young players have won this award in the past and have gone on to do well so hopefully I can kick on and keep improving."
The awards put the seal on what has been an incredible 12 months for the humble youngster.
As well as earning an array of personal accolades, Coleman will also look back on 2010/11 as the campaign in which he earned his first full Republic of Ireland cap, the Blues man running out for the seniors for the first time in a win over Wales.
Rewind a year and he was on loan at Blackpool, playing in his accustomed right back role and helping the Seasiders to Championship play-off glory.
But within a month of the new season commencing he found himself in the starting line-up at Goodison - given an opportunity on the right of midfield - and he hasn’t looked back.
Goals, assists and endless enterprise down the flank have kept fans on the edge of their seats and made him a real crowd favourite.
Now an established first-teamer, the bargain buy from Sligo Rovers has marked himself out as a genuine star of the future.
The Young Player of the Season Award was sponsored Whitestone Solicitors.
The Shareholders’ Young Player of the Season Award was sponsored by Cayrus.
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