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PNE In The Heart Of Player Of The Year Ben Davies

27 April 2019

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Ben Davies is proud to be a part of PNE history, having won the Sir Tom Finney Player of the Year award.

Davies also won the Players’ Player of the Year award and was given both accolades by club captain Tom Clarke and the manager Alex Neil.

Now a part of the long history of the club, the defender is well aware of what that means. Speaking to iFollowPNE after collecting his award, Ben said: “The history of the club is phenomenal and now to be a part of that history as the Player of the Year; I’ve seen some great names on that trophy.

“It means an awful lot to me. Preston North End, I’ve been here since I was 11, it’s in my heart now, I’m delighted I’m here.”

Having come through the ranks at Deepdale, joining the club as an 11-year-old, North End’s no.6 is delighted to his efforts recognised by the fans, whilst also recognising the the long road it took to get to where he is.

“They’re two awards that I’m over the moon to win. I’m delighted I’ve got recognition form the fans because it’s been an absolute slog of a journey from joining at 11 to now at 23.

“I had a tough spell in there when I was out on loan everywhere. To now come back and have the player of the year from the fans, it really pleases me.

“To pick up the two awards it means a lot to me and my family because we had quite a lot of years driving up and down the M6 from Barrow to Preston, so I’m sure they’ll be proud.”

Now for Davies, the focus is on progression and getting better after the achievement; not resting on his laurels.

“It’s been a family effort, it’s good that we’re getting rewards as we go along. From Scholar, to Young Player to Player of the Year, it’s good progression.

“I want to keep improving and keep doing everyone proud. You always need to improve. The gaffer said to me as soon as you get complacent, you stop trying to improve and you go backwards.

“We all want to improve as a team and players and come back better than we were, get more points and finish higher.”

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