Tom Ince cleaned up at Pool’s end of season awards and had a special message for Gazette readers.
The winger has enjoyed a sensational season, firing 18 goals and becoming a regular in England’s U21 side. He beat off stiff competition from Kirk Broadfoot and Alex Baptiste to win The Gazette’s player of the year accolade, voted for by readers.
And that meant a lot of to Pool’s highly-rated 21-year-old. “I have to say a big thank you to all The Gazette readers who voted for me. It means so much,” said Ince. “I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support I’ve had since I joined this club.
“I play football for the fans. They pay the money and I feel I have to impress them, so to get so many votes from the people who matter is phenomenal.
“I have to offer a major, major thank you to all the fans.”
Ludo Syvestre’s strike against Derby the previous weekend won goal of the season, and otherwise Ince picked up every award. But he was quick to pay tribute to the rest of his team.
Ince added: “It was a proud moment to win so many awards, I never really expected it.
“I’ve had a fairly good season and I always wanted to add goals to my game ,and luckily I’ve been able to do that.
“But it’s not just about me, you have to look at players like Kirk Broadfoot, Alex Baptiste and Barry Ferguson – all these players could have easily won.
“It’s a nice moment for me and long may that continue.”