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Bradley Walker named LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2

17 March 2014

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Hartlepool United's Bradley Walker has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2 at The Football League Awards 2014.

Walker received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

This year a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Walker beat competition from Plymouth Argyle's Ben Purrington and Portsmouth's Jack Whatmough to claim the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2 Award.

Walker joined Hartlepool at the age of 13 and in his early days with the club showed great commitment by often cycling to and from training - a 12-mile round trip - a journey that further increased his desire to become a professional footballer. He has been earning good reviews for his performances in Sky Bet League 2 this season while also being called up to two England Under-18 training camps. Off the field he has put in a lot of his own time to stay on top of his studies.

On winning the award, Walker said: "It was very good to be nominated and I didn't think I would be here to win it, but I have and I'm very happy.

"I'd like to thank the gaffer and the club for giving me the opportunity to play.

"My family is the main thing for me, they have been very important while I've been playing football and my friends and family are very supportive of me."

Players eligible for this award are those in the second year of their apprenticeship (i.e. be in his Under-18 year and be registered as either a second-year scholar or as a first-year professional). When assessing the category, judges looked at the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice alongside his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2014 has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding achievement, both on and off the pitch, by Football League clubs.

"Every one of tonight's winners is a worthy recipient of their award and all the other nominees have helped set an exceptional standard this year.

"It has been a tremendous celebration of life in The Football League."

The Awards were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels for the first time ever.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit

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