BILLY SHARP’S promotion weekend got even better. Twenty-four hours after helping the Blades clinch promotion to the Championship the 26-goal striker was in the spotlight again.
In a star-studded ceremony at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel, Sheffield United’s captain, a lifelong fan, won the EFL League One Player of the Season award. He was also chosen in the frontline of the EFL Team of The Year which includes players from all three divisions.
“Awards like this are great on a personal level, they're always nice to receive,” he said. “But I'm a team player and no-one can win them without teammates.
"The manager [Chris Wilder] and my teammates have helped me a lot this season and shown a lot of belief in me, which has helped me to go out and perform to the best of my ability.”
Looking ahead to the Blades final four fixtures before waving goodbye to League One after a six-year stay, Sharp added: “To get over the line is amazing and to win the title would be memorable for myself and for the club.
"It'll be something to look back on when I get a little bit older, maybe only then I'll realise how special it is."
Doncaster Rovers, who have won promotion from League Two, figured prominently.
Twenty-six goal striker John Marquis won Player of the Season award, Andy Butler received the PFA Player in the Community Award, and Darren Ferguson was named manager of the EFL's Team of the Season. Doncaster fan Paul Mayfield won the EFL Supporter of the Year award.
The Football Manager Team of the Season comprises those judged to be the best 11 performers in 2016-17. Managed by Ferguson from the Keepmoat, Sharp was joined by Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle and Chris Wood of Leeds United in attack.
A midfield three was chosen of Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) and Anthony Knockaert (Brighton). Knockaert was also named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season.
The backline features Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) and Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) in the full-back positions. Pontus Jansson (Leeds) and Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) are the central defenders. In goal is Brighton’s David Stockdale.