Jordan Thorniley was delighted to be named the latest recipient of the Keith Tamlin Award on Tuesday evening.
The Everton Under-18s captain picked up the main prize at the Club's Annual Academy Awards at the BT Convention Centre.
The accolade, named after the Club’s Vice-Life President, rewards a player for their excellence, attitude and application during their time spent in the Academy.
Ross Barkley, Matthew Pennington and Ryan Ledson were the three previous winners of the gong and, for centre-back Thorniley, it was reward for hard work not restricted to the football field.
He told evertontv: "It's a great award to win and I've seen a lot of decent players win it over the years, so it's a credit to myself to join them.
"I'm glad to have won it. I feel like I did well over the season on the pitch and off it in my education. I feel like I played well, so I'm happy.
"I think you've got to have the same attitude off the pitch as on it. If you don't, your performance will dip. It's good to know people think I've got the balance right."
The award offers Thorniley at least some silverware after the young Blues missed out on a second successive Premier League title earlier this month.
Losing at Manchester City on the final day was the decisive blow, yet Thorniley remains keen to highlight strong performances and a freescoring attack throughout the campaign.
"It was a successful season," he said. "We dominated most games but we just fell at the last hurdle. We were disappointed but I think we've done ourselves proud.
"It's good when you have strikers who can put the ball in the net, but my job is to keep it out of our goal, so I don't really mind what goes on in front of me!"