David Wheater proud to be named NWFAwards Sky Bet League One Player of the Year

David Wheater was delighted to add another trophy to his own personal collection after being named NWFAwards Sky Bet League One Player of the Year on Monday night.

The defender, who was the club’s own Player of the Year last season, fought off competition from the likes of Oldham’s Peter Clarke, Rochdale’s Callum Camps and Fleetwood’s Cian Bolger to pick up the League One Player of the Year award at the glitzy evening at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

The 30-year-old made 49 appearances and scored nine goals in all competitions during the 2016/17 season as the Whites achieved automatic promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last term at the first time of asking.

And fresh from winning the awards, Wheater spoke to bwfc.co.uk to share his thoughts...

On winning NWFAwards League One Player of the Year...

"It’s a great feeling for me personally, and for the club as well. It's not bad, is it?

"Hopefully we'll get another one next year, though we might have to start performing a bit better!"

On adding another award to his collection...

"I've got a few now but it's a team effort as well. They help us along, and anyone from our team could have won this this year.

"It was nice that I got chosen from last season so I'm not going to complain."

On being up against some tough competition...

"They're all great players. Obviously we played against them last year and there are some top players in that league.

I know Cian, he was at Bolton a few years ago and he's a top player so it was a tough category and one that I'm happy to win."

On having his fingers crossed for a win against Preston...

"It will be lovely if we could get a win. Obviously it will be a local derby and to get three points and hopefully get out of the relegation zone would cap off a good week for me."

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