Seamus Coleman capped an excellent campaign last night being named as the Everton Player of the Year - two separate awards as voted for by his clubmates and the supporters.
The Killybegs native’s double-award supplements his award as best right-back in the Premier League having been named on the Professional Footballer’s Association Team of the Season the weekend before last.
The 25-year-old has impressed defensively and going forward, even scoring seven goals for the Goodison Park side.
Coleman, formerly of St Catherine’s FC and Sligo Rovers has excelled this term under the management of Roberto Martinez at Everton, who will finish the Premier League in fifth place.
“Goals were probably a part of my game that I was missing but the gaffer has encouraged me to get forward,” Coleman said when he picked up his award at St George’s Hall in Liverpool tonight.
“It’s a very proud moment for myself. These are the lads I train with every day. These awards are something all the players look forward to and because we had a good season then it’s all the more enjoyable.
“It’s indescribable to win these two accolades. When I arrived here in 2009 I couldn’t have imagined I’d be stood here with these awards in my hands.
“There must have been a lot of contenders for both of these awards this season and that says a lot about this team.”
As well as his achievements with Everton, Coleman captain the Republic of Ireland for the first time in October against Germany and is a vital part of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, which begin with a fixture away to Georgia in Tbilisi in September.