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Leonard: A huge honour to be named Supporters' Player of the Season

5 May 2014

Ryan Leonard thanks supporters who voted him as their Player of the Season

Ryan Leonard said it was a huge honour to be named Southend United Supporters’ Player of the Season for 2013-14.

Leonard has made the midfield role his own having been transformed from the right-back spot under manager Phil Brown.

With seven goals to his name, and a string of impressive performances, he pipped Dan Bentley (second) and Kevan Hurst (third) to the award.

Leonard said: “I’m buzzing to have been named as the Player of the Season and I’d just like the fans for voting for me.

“It’s a massive honour, and I’ve had a few this year like being captain, but this surpasses everything and I can’t thank everyone enough.

“We’ve had a few contenders this season. Ben Coker wasn’t in the top three but he has been brilliant and won the Players’ Player.

“There were five or six who probably could have won it, which makes it even more special to have picked it up myself.

“The fans have been great all year round, and we need them for the next few games now.”

Ben Coker was named as the Players’ Player of the Year. He said: “I would like to thank my teammates for voting for me. It’s a huge honour to be recognised by them.

“All the lads have been fantastic this year and we’re in a good position to go and win promotion, so that’s exactly what we need to do.”

Goalkeeper Dan Bentley picked up the Community & Educational Trust Player of the Year. He said: “I’m delighted to have won this award, and I’d like to thank Dale Spiby and his staff for picking me to win this.

“I am always happy to go out into the Community and play my part, it’s my way of giving something back for their excellent support every weekend.

Bentley was pipped to the Supporters’ Player of the Year by Leonard, and felt he was a deserving winner. He added: “Lenny has had a fantastic season and it is absolutely no surprise he has won the award.

“I’m very pleased to have come second and be recognised by so many supporters, but I think it has been a real team effort this season, and every player deserves an award.”

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