Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood has been nominated for the League One LFE Apprentice of the Year.
The 18-year-old has made 20 appearances in League One this season, 18 of them starts, including each of the last 12 games since Chris Powell became Manager – a sequence that Blues have shown top six form.
A product of the Academy, Yearwood’s debut in his breakthrough season came against Newport County in the Carabao Cup. He has gone onto shine in the centre of the midfield in big games against Scunthorpe, Wigan, Portsmouth and Gillingham to name a few.
Also shortlisted for the award is Peterborough United’s Lewis Freestone and Anthony Hartigan of AFC Wimbledon.
Powell has been impressed by Yearwood’s maturity and is delighted to see him up for the award.
“He’s a remarkable young talent and he caught my eye immediately. He looked very comfortable in his surroundings in and around the group because he’s a very talented young man who we are very fortunate to have.
“From day one he’s come into the team, he’s shown both sides of the game even as an 18-year-old and he plays very maturely, that’s the best thing I can say about him.
“He attacks and defends well in equal measure, like midfielders always used to be looked upon. These days we either look at them as a defensive midfielder or an attacking one, but he actually does both sides.
“I’m very pleased he’s in my team at our club and we should all be very proud of Dru Yearwood and the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch.”
Everyone connected to Southend United would like to congratulate Dru on his nomination.
The winner will be announced at the forthcoming EFL Awards on Sunday 15 April.