Greg Cunningham said he felt “truly honoured” to be named the Community Player of the Year.
The defender was selected as the standout individual in the squad by Preston North End Community and Education Trust for his contribution to the local area.
Greg – who is in negotiations over a new deal with the club – has been on a number of player appearances in Preston during the past 12 months and that’s a part of the job which the Irishman enjoys.
“It’s a great honour,” he said.
“I love getting out and about, in and around Preston to meet the fans and the kids coming through.
“I think it’s an important part of any club. The fans are the most important part of a club and for us to go out and do our duty as football players off the pitch and try to be role models to kids around the city is nice.
“Obviously the recognition is very touching and I’m honoured.
“I think as you get older you get more comfortable at speaking and it’s nice to get in and amongst it because these are the kids who could be the future local players of Preston.
“It’s nice to sort of give back. I love this club and if that’s the way I can do it off the pitch then brilliant, and I do what I can on it.”