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Danny Ings named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year

17 March 2014

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?Burnley's Danny Ings has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year at The Football League Awards 2014.

Ings 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 Ings beat competition from Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater and Leeds United's Ross McCormack to claim the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year Award.

Front-man Ings has made huge strides as a Sky Bet Championship player this season and his partnership with Sam Vokes is one of the main reasons why Burnley are enjoying a successful campaign.

Ings has been almost unstoppable at times in 2013/14 with his pace and movement, allied to some deadly finishing, taking him to the 20-goal mark by the first weekend in January. The 21-year-old's superb form has not gone unnoticed and he is also now a member of Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 squad with two international goals to his name already.

On winning the award, Ings said: "It's crazy. I've not had much luck in the last couple of years with injuries but I've managed to turn that around this year to get myself fit and everything is going well so far.

"Sam Vokes, my strike partner, has chipped in with a lot of goals too for a target man and our defence is one of the best defences in the league, our midfield too, the whole team has been fantastic. I could talk about them all night. We have such a good team ethic and we work hard for each other which is why we have been successful.

"Sean [Dyche] is a great manager. He is firm but fair and as long as you buy in to what he buys in to then you're definitely going to get along. That comes down to hard work and all of our players are hard-working. Mix that with talent and you've got a powerful force."

The Sky Bet Player of the Year awards have been voted for by managers of the clubs in each division. Each manager was asked to list their top five players from this season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner.

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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