Skipper scoops hat-trick of awards at end of season dinner
Kane Wills went home with three separate player of the year awards as the annual end of season awards took place last night.
The dinner event was held at Food Restaurant in Worthing and attended by members of the first team, under-18’s, management, the board, volunteers and supporters.
Manager Gary Elphick presented the first award of the evening, his Manager’s Player of the Year to Wills, describing him as a “fantastic leader and role model for younger players”. He continued to say: “As long as I’m at this club and he is, he’s always going to be my captain”.
Wills’ peers then voted their captain Players’ Player of the Season.
Then came the turn of under-18’s coach Brannon O’Neill to present awards to their winners. Players’ Player of the Year for the under-18’s went to left-sided player Ruben Denyer-Schneider, who’s displays throughout the season earned him numerous call ups to the first team squad.
O’Neill then gave his Manager’s Player of the Year award to defender Chris Kasta.
Back to the first team and George Dowell decided Lloyd Dawes’ dramatic winning goal at National League Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Trophy was worthy of the 2016/17 Chairman’s Award.
— George Dowell (@GeorgeDowell) May 12, 2017
Following on from that two inspiration volunteers were recognised for their outstanding service to Worthing Football Club.
First up, Derek Hoskins was rewarded for celebrating 40 years on the turnstiles at Woodside Road, before Roger Johnson also received an award for his own long-term service to the club.
Wills was back up collecting another award moments later when the fans crowned him Supporters Player of the Year.
The final award of the evening went to former player Omar Bugiel, who despite joining Forest Green Rovers in February managed to pick up the WFCSA Award, in part due to his 23 goals this season prior to his transfer.