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Pearson Proud To Receive Award

1 May 2017

Midfielder Ben Pearson was full of pride after picking up the Young Player of the Year award at Deepdale on Sunday.

After coming into the team back in October, the Manchester United Academy product quickly became a fans' favourite and one of the first names on the team sheet. 
 
Pearson was named Young Player of the Year at the awards presentation during the community day on Sunday, and was delighted to see his hard work recognised. 
 
The battling midfielder received an overwhelming majority of the votes for that category and on collecting the award, he told PNE PlayerHD: "I'm really proud, it's been a strong season for me. Personally it's nice to get the rewards for a tough, long season. It took me a while to get into the team but once I got in I hit form straight away and I've continued that throughout the season. 
 
"I think having spent so much time out of the side at the start of the season, I think once you get in you want to establish yourself and make sure you don't go back out of it after realising what happens when you don't perform or work hard in training then the repercussions are that you don't play. 
 
"I experienced that and it's something that I have learnt from now and I hopefully won't go back to that level that I was at. It just gave me a kick up the backside really to go in and concentrate fully and not let anything else affect me. 
 
Despite a fantastic season for the 22-year-old, Pearson insists there is more to come from him as he continues to develop his game. 
 
"I think it's a good start, I think there's a lot more to come. I think at the age of 22 there are a lot of improvements to be made, I'm nowhere near the finished article and there's still lots to my game that I can improve on.
 
"I'm still young, I've not played too many games so the more games I play and the more time I spend on the training pitch working on things then that will help me." 
 
"There are a lot of young players on long term deals here and I think the team is here to stay for a while and it only bodes well for the future. I think with a few more signings then we could be a real force this season. "
 

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