Mullins named our player of the season

Hayden Mullins with The News/Sports Mail trophy
Hayden Mullins with The News/Sports Mail trophy
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Hayden Mullins was clutching the silverware after being crowned The News/Sports Mail player of the season last night.

The midfielder was recognised by our readers for his consistently-impressive performances for Pompey during the 2010-11 campaign.

Mullins has played in all but one match for Steve Cotterill’s side this season, with one game to go at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

That was enough to see him pip Joel Ward in the race to win the famous old trophy.

And last night he was presented with the prestigious award on the Fratton Park pitch before the clash with Norwich.

It had been a close call, too, with Mullins and Ward emerging as frontrunners for the title from the very off.

In his maiden first-team campaign, Emsworth’s Ward has established himself as a Blues regular and won plenty of plaudits for his energetic and whole-hearted efforts.

Jamie Ashdown had also been a contender following his best-ever Pompey season between the sticks.

But eventually it was Mullins who edged ahead of ex-Pompey trainee Ward to cap a magnificent season for the former West Ham midfielder.

Mullins joins the likes of Jamie O’Hara, Glen Johnson, David James, Linvoy Primus and Scott Hiley in winning the award.