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Pearson Credits Teammates For Award

14 November 2017

Ben Pearson has credited his teammates after collecting the Championship Player of the Year award at the North West Football Awards.

Pearson was impressive last season after breaking into the side in September and quickly became a fans' favourite, picking up the Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

The midfielder continued his form at the start of this season and was pleased to receive recognition but admitted he wouldn't win the award without his teammates.

Speaking after collecting the award at the ceremony in Manchester, Pearson said: "It's nice to win an award but I've said it before, you don't win these individual awards on your own, you need your team.

"Last season we had a good year and I had a good year personally so a massive thanks to the players and the staff really.

"It took me a while to get into the side, I think I had the first ten games or so where I wasn't playing. Being patient and having to bide my time was tough but once I got in and started playing it all clicked. The team started doing well and we just carried on that form for a long spell where we didn't lose a game so it was good.

"I am just looking forward to kicking on this season now, you can't be a one season wonder, you've got to carry it on.

On his form so far this season, the 22-year-old continued: "I think this season I started quite well and then obviously I had that injury and we had a bit of a dip in form but I think with the injuries we've had, we have a couple of lads coming back, and we need to get back to the basics and start picking up some results in these next couple of games.

"It's a different style this year to what we were used to last year but it probably suits me better and probably suits the players that we've got better as well.

"The gaffer implements his style every day in training so the lads are buying into it and I think probably over the course of this season, you'll see it improve gradually. The lads believe it can work and we've seen from the start of the season that it will work if we do it right so we've just got to carry on with that."

The award was voted for by fans, as was Hugill's goal of the year award, and Pearson was grateful for the support from the PNE faithful.

"It's nice with the fans voting, Jordan won as well obviously and so it's good of our fans to be voting and supporting the players so thanks to them as well and as I say to my teammates and the staff who are great with me. I had a good season last year and I'm hoping for another one this year."


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