Lucy Bronze has spoken of her delight after winning the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award last night.
It is the second time that the Alnwick star has won prize, after taking the crown in 2014.
The 25-year-old Man City defender fought off competition from team-mates Jane Ross and Jill Scott, as well as Chelsea’s Karen Carney, Ellen White, of Birmingham, and Liverpool’s Caroline Weir to win the 2016/17 accolade.
After winning the award, the England international said: “As a defender, you don’t really get a lot of accolades, but it’s a great award to win.
“As a team, we’ve been very successful, and individuals have performed really well in the team. This award for me is all thanks to the team, because without them, I wouldn’t be anywhere near this.
“Just to be nominated is a huge honour. It’s the best award to be nominated for really – for the players that you play against week in week out to think of you as the best player of the season – so to be nominated and put in the team was unbelievable.
“It’s not really sunk in that I’ve won the award, but it’s a huge honour and I’m so grateful.”
The acknowledgement from her fellow professionals caps an outstanding 2016 campaign for Berwick-born Bronze, during which she proved to be a model of consistency as a standout performer in Man City’s double winning side.
It was another trophy to add to Bronze’s impressive 2016/17 haul, having already won the FA WSL Players’ Player of the Year, the Etihad Airways Player of the Year and the Official Supporters Club Player of the Year.
Birmingham midfielder Jessica Carter, 19, won the Women’s Young Player of the Year award.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was voted the PFA Player of the Year, while Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize.