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Aleksandar Mitrovic named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season

24 April 2022

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic put his name to the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season at tonight's EFL Awards 2022.

The League's leading marksman, who surpassed the 40-goal mark at the weekend, taking his tally to an impressive 41 strikes for the season, scooped the accolade and beat Harry Wilson and Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke to the award.

The Serbian international broke the record for the most goals scored in a Championship season since the division was recast in 2004.

"It’s been an amazing season on a personal level," he explained. "As a striker, you try to score as many goals as you can. You always want to score more and more. There’s a few more games so let’s see.

"Since the new manager's come in, we've created our style of place and it’s perfectly suited for me and every player in our squad. He gets the best out of his players.

"After the last season in the Premier League, it’s hard when the mentality is down. We know how hard this league is, it’s not easy to come to the Championship. We showed that we wanted to be top of the League from the first game."

MK Dons ace Scott Twine landed the Sky Bet League One Player of the Season, seeing off competition from Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan and Rotherham United's Michael Smith.

Having hit double figures for both goals and assists this campaign, the midfielder has impressed as MK Dons continue to press at the top end of the table.

"It's a chance I've been working towards for at least a year or so," he said. "This year, I just wanted to kick on from that and make sure it wasn't a fluke or a one season thing.

"I can't speak highly enough of the Club from the way they made me feel from day one - it honestly feels like I've been here five or 10 years. Everyone there has made me feel welcome from the first minute."

And Kane Wilson has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season over Forest Green Rovers team-mate Matty Stevens and Newport County's Dom Telford.

Having already secured a historic promotion from the division for the first time in the Club's history just 24 hours prior, the full-back added to his silverware in winning the award.

"It feels surreal at the moment," he smiled. "It's not sunk in just yet. "There's two very good strikers out there in Dom Telford and Matty Stevens. With the season they've had, I didn't think I'd deserve it, but they've chose me and I appreciate it.

"With the season I've had this season, I hope I've done it justice. If a wing-back is going to win it, I'm pleased I did it how I did it!"

In the Championship, Nottingham Forest starlet and Welsh international Brennan Johnson has been awarded the Young Player of the Season.

Fleetwood Town's Paddy Lane, who was plucked from the non-League pyramid by the Cod Army in the summer, has been named League One's Young Player of the Season.

"From pre-season, I was trying to break into the first-team squad and trying to impress," he affirmed. "I've tried to take every game as it came. If someone had told me this at the start of the season, I'd have told them to get out.

"I've been in non-League until literally this season. I was playing Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday and working during the week, so it's been a massive change. I've had so many jobs but it's been worth it."

And Newport County loanee Finn Azaz completed the set to claim the League Two Young Player of the Season accolade.

"It feels really good," the attacker, who joined on a temporary basis from Aston Villa, said. "It's been an enjoyable season and when you enjoy your football, you play your best stuff. I'm buzzing - it's a great thing for my CV and a milestone in my journey. My target was to win it for the season and I've done that.

"I should've got better stats last season but it just so happens that I got them this season. I just tried to keep on scoring and assisting.

"This year, I've had a little bit more freedom with the role that the manager has given me at Newport. It's been nice to have that freedom to express myself a little bit more."

Sheffield Wednesday captain Barry Banan's late entry for the Goal of the Season snatched the accolade, with his stunning strike against promotion rivals MK Dons earlier in the month.

The skipper's lob from 45 yards which set the Owls on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Buckinghamshire team and on his way to the accolade.

"Growing up as a kid, you always watch TV and see amazing goals, so for me, Goal of the Season is something that I've wanted to do since I was a kid - scoring that goal that everyone remembers," he said.

Reliving the effort, he continued: "It was a mix up between the goalkeeper and the centre-back because the goalkeeper was on his way out of the box to pick it up but the defender headed it so I went to try and win the header. I was just focusing on getting my touch and my connection right. Nine times out of 10 it goes into the crowd!"

Coventry City's Ryan Howley claimed the first of a trio of LFE awards, scooping the Championship LFE Apprentice of the Season.

"I was just training with the first-team at the back end of last season then came into this season not knowing if I'd be with the first-team or Under-23s, but I've pressed the gaffer and been with the first-team," he recalled. "I've really kicked on the last few weeks and got my debut against Nottingham Forest.

Charlton Athletic's Deji Elerewe claimed the League One Apprentice of the Season, having come through the ranks with the South London Club to make his senior bow.

"I was nervous at the start but when I got it, it felt amazing," the Addicks youngster noted. "I've been playing Under-18s stuff but the first-team is very different. The gaffer has given me the opportunities to play."

And Colchester United's Junior Tchamadeu claimed the League Two LFE Apprentice of the Season.

"It's been a good transition from youth team to first-team football," the defender said. "I've gained a lot of experience which has been great for me. I feel I've taken that opportunity and taken the chances and establiehd myself in the team."

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