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Brendan Galloway named LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1

17 March 2014

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Milton Keynes Dons' Brendan Galloway has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1 at The Football League Awards 2014.

Galloway 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 Galloway beat competition from Preston North End's Josh Brownhill and Colchester United's Samuel Szmodics to claim the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1 Award.

Joining the Dons at the age of 11, Galloway quickly settled down at the club and understood what was expected of him. He has made first-team appearances for the club and has also earned international recognition with England's Under-16 and Under-18 teams. He is also an excellent academic achiever and is involved in extra-curricular activities such as the Barclays Money Management programme.

On winning the award, Galloway said: "I came over to Milton Keynes from Zimbabwe when I was six and started playing in the Under-11s at the club.

"This season has been great in the first team, especially scoring in the FA Cup. I'm still trying to complete my college course and give back to the community while playing.

"I'm 18 tomorrow. My ultimate aim is to end up playing in the Premier League. I have to thank the manager [Karl Robinson] for giving me the chance."

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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