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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05

Reserve, Academy and Ladies Players of the Season

Reserve, Academy and Ladies Players of the Season

The Everton first team squad weren't the only players to receive awards on Wednesday night.

Players from the Academy, Reserve and Ladies sides were also honoured.

For the reserves, it was John Irving who took the award for the second year in a row.

Local lad Irving, 18, often captained the side and has played at both centre back and right back.

His attitude and determination rubbed off on his teammates, making him a worthy winner.

John Irving with his second Reserve Player of the Season prizeJohn Irving with his second Reserve Player of the Season prize

Irving spoke with evertonTV mpoments after picking up the gong.

"I'm made up to take the award," he said, "Especially as it is my second time. I just try to get my head down and get on with my job.

"Hopefully I'd like to push on now and get towards the first team."

The Academy Player of the Year was Jack Rodwell.

Rodwell, 17, began the season playing for the under 18 side and progressed through the reserves to the first team - appearing in the Uefa Cup and Premier League as a substitute.

The Birkdale-born midfielder is now a fully fledged member of the senior squad and is another example of the Toffees' successful academy system.

 

Jack Rodwell was presented with his award by David MoyesJack Rodwell was presented with his award by David Moyes

 

After accepting the award, he told evertonTV: "It has been brilliant this season. I started with the academy and managed to move through the reserves towards the first team.

"I was really happy to play for the first team this season although it was pretty nerve-racking!"

Everton Ladies enjoyed a highly positive campaign, debuting in Europe and winning the Premier League cup as well as running Arsenal close in the league.

Much of the ladies success was built on defensive solidarity, and that was recognised by Lindsay Johnson winning the Ladies Player of the Year Award.

Indeed, Lindsay's credentials were underlined by the fact that she was away with England at the time of the awards ceremony, skipper Leanne Duffy picked up the award on her behalf.

The England international used all her experience to command the Toffees' backline, helping nurture the Blues' young squad in the process.

Skipper Leanne Duffy accepts the Ladies Player of the Season Award on behalf of Lindsay JohnsonSkipper Leanne Duffy accepts the Ladies Player of the Season Award on behalf of Lindsay Johnson

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