Vote for your player of the season

Blackpool's Thomas Ince
Blackpool's Thomas Ince
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It’s been an eventful season to say the least at Bloomfield Road, and it’s time to chose your favourite performer.

The Gazette’s player of the year award will be again chosen by you, our readers.

Matt Gilks picked up the crown last year, with David Vaughan and Charlie Adam previous winners, so your choice will have big boots to fill.

This year we’ve teamed up with Blackpool FC’s sponsors Wonga.com and everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win a signed shirt.

We want you to send us your player of the season and runner up.

So, how do you get involved and make sure your number one choice is in with a chance of taking home our award?

Email your choice to: william.watt@blackpoolgazette.co.uk or alternatively write to: Blackpool FC player of the season, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool, FY4 2DP.

Voting will close on Wednesday May 1, with the Gazette winner receiving his prize at the club’s official end of season awards bash on the evening of the Bolton game.

If you’re struggling who to go for, WILLIAM WATT gives you his top six...

TOM INCE

The 21-year-old started the season like a house on fire and caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs.

He started the season has he meant to go on, with both goals in the opening day win against Milwall.

Since then he’s netted 16 more from the wing, and has been constant danger to opponents.

Ince also broke into England’s U21 side this season, and is expected to star for them in the summer’s European Championships.

It’s expected he’ll leave this summer, but there’s no doubt he deserves his place among candidates for this award.

MATT GILKS

Pool’s keeper cleaned up at the player of the year awards last time around after a brilliant season between the sticks.

He’s often under-rated at Bloomfield Road, mainly as he’s so reliable.

His performances in recent weeks, forgetting Saturday’s disaster against Brighton, have shown what a top quality keeper he is and just how important a player he’s become.

It’s been said many times before, but had he been fit for the full Premier League season, then Pool wouldn’t have gone down.

Gilks has played in all but one of Blackpool’s games this season.

GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER

Another player who has written himself in Blackpool folklaw with his performances since arriving since 2007.

Not only did he score in the famous 2010 play-off final win, he has always been one to pop up in big games with big goals.

He’s only managed to score four so far this season, but he brings so much more to the table.

It’s been a bit of a stop start season for the striker, but he’s still managed 35 appearances.

The biggest compliment I can give to Taylor-Fletcher is when he doesn’t play - the team aren’t as good.

KIRK BROADFOOT

The Scottish defender proved just about everyone wrong this season.

He left Rangers after a couple of poor seasons, and was almost written off by Pool supporters following a slow at Bloomfield Road.

But it was the decision to switch him from right-back to the centre which has seen him become a fans’ favourite.

Broadfoot gives everything to the cause, defends like his life depends on it and would be a more than worthy winner of this season’s player of the year award.

He’s out of contract this summer and will no doubt be high on Paul Ince’s retain list.

ALEX BAPTISTE

The defender became the club’s captain this season after Barry Ferguson was loaned out to Fleetwood in November.

He’s been outstanding since making the switch from Mansfield in 2007, when he cost the club just £15,000.

Baptiste is play anywhere across the back-four and will very rarely let you down.

He’s another who is out of contract this summer and is expected to have a queue half-way down the Prom of clubs offering him a contract.

If Pool can persuade him to sign a new deal, it will be as big a signing as they’ll make.

BARRY FERGUSON

Who would have thought we’d have been talking about him as a candidate at the end of last year.

The midfielder had a fall out at Bloomfield Road and was forced to train with the youth team on his return.

Paul Ince called him back into the team for his second game in charge and he’s been a massive player ever since.

He may be 35 now, but the former Scotland captain is playing arguably his best football in a Blackpool shirt.

Fans are finally appreciating what he brings to the side, and don’t be surprised if he’s offered another deal this summer.