Phil Neville was the proud recipient of the Howard Kendall accolade at Thursday evening’s 8th Annual End of Season Awards.
Every year Kendall – the Blues' most successful ever manager – recognises an area of outstanding achievement at the Club.
This season the Everton Giant honoured Neville for his contribution at Goodison Park over the duration of his eight-year spell.
The 36-year-old departs for pastures new this summer but has created a lasting impression at Everton after captaining the team to six consecutive top-eight finishes.
“It’s been a really emotional week,” Neville told evertontv upon collecting his award. “You think it is going to be a normal week and you just want to drift away without any fuss, but I will forever remember the things that the club and players have done for me. It’s been one of the best weeks of my career.
“There have been some great moments [in my Everton career]. Once the dust has settled I will look back with nothing but pride and joy.”
One man who says he will be indebted to Neville’s support since recruiting him from Manchester United is outgoing manager David Moyes.
“I have said quite a lot about Phil over the years, he has been great for Everton,” the United-bound Scot said. “He has been a terrific player and captain, someone who will be missed.
“His influence has been special and he has helped me an awful lot in my job.”
Neville’s leadership qualities made him the perfect candidate to succeed occupancy of the armband from David Weir in 2007.
That year also signalled the arrival of Leighton Baines
, who says Neville has been an inspirational figure throughout his time at the Club.
“He has been a really important signing for the manager, a great leader,” Baines explained.
“I’m sure we will see him again at some point. He loves his football, he won’t keep away and the Club means a lot to him.”
Neville announced last month he would be leaving Everton in the summer. Fans gave the defender a rousing send-off following Sunday's win over West Ham at Goodison Park, though he could yet make his final appearance for the Club against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Howard Kendall award was sponsored by Heightsafe Systems.