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Payne thrilled with awards trio

12 May 2016

Blues playmaker enjoys a successful night at End of Season Awards

Jack Payne was recognised for a fantastic season by picking up three awards at the End of Season Gala Dinner.

The Playmaker, who was Blues top scorer this season with nine goals received The ‘DeVines Player of the Season’, the ‘Young Player of the Season’ and the Players’ Player of the Season’.

The DeVines Player of the Season was won by the 21-year-old for collecting the most ‘Player of the Month’ awards across the year, voted for by the fans via the club’s official Twitter account @SUFCRootsHall.

In a season of many highlights for Payne, he feels it was the perfect way to cap it all off.

“It’s brilliant for me, and it’s a nice way to finish off the season, I just want to thank the fans who voted for me each month”

“One highlight this season that comes to mind is the goal against Sheffield United, just for the way it happened at the end of the game.

“There’s been a few highlights, obviously beating Colchester twice was great too.”

Next up for the Playmaker was the ‘Young Player of the Season’ gong which was voted for by the Southend United Coaching Staff.

To be recognised by his mentors for his achievements this season is something that Payne is very proud of, and has praised the work of the Blues Academy for bringing through an abundance a talent over the years.

“It’s great to win the Young Player as it means a lot as it was the coaches who voted for me.

“There’s loads of players now coming through the academy, We’ve got me, Dan Bentley and now we’ve got Ted Smith, Jack Bridge and Jason Williams.

“We’ve got such bright talents coming through and I just hope they get the chance like I have.”

Finally, Payne picked up the ‘Players’ Player of the Season’ Award and to receive this accolade from his fellow players make this award extra special says Payne.

“This one probably means the most to me.

“I train with them every day, they know what I’m like off the pitch and on it, so I look up to them as my seniors so for them to vote for me means the world to me.

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