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Ertl: It’s a lifetime best

PROUD Johnny Ertl shows off The News Pompey player-of-the-year trophy after Saturdays win over Sheffield United. Picture: Joe Pepler

PROUD Johnny Ertl shows off The News Pompey player-of-the-year trophy after Saturdays win over Sheffield United. Picture: Joe Pepler

 

Johnny Ertl lifted the Pompey player-of-the-year trophy aloft and described the honour as the best of his life.

An emotional Blues skipper became the latest winner of the The News’ prestigious award on Saturday.

And the midfielder admitted it was an unprecedented success in his lifetime to pick up the trophy.

Ertl was clear winner in the supporters’ vote, with Ricardo Rocha runner-up and Simon Eastwood in third place.

The 30-year-old Ertl follows in the footsteps of greats like Noel Blake, Paul Walsh, Linvoy Primus and David James in winning the honour.

And doing that represented a lifetime best.

Ertl said: ‘It’s incredible. I’m really proud and happy.

‘To be on the list with all those notable players is amazing. I’m really honoured and everyone has shown such great support.

‘To play for this club and win the award is a dream come true for me.

‘The fans have voted and it’s really prestigious.

‘I will have this memory for the rest of my life. It’s the best award of my life.

‘When you win something it is nice but this is really special.’

Ertl believes there’s a unity on and off the pitch at Pompey which can now drive the club forward.

He said: ‘It’s been a really difficult season but we have shown what we can achieve.

‘Everyone has shown great support. You can’t ask for more.

‘Everyone is buzzing at the moment and there is a great spirit at the club. As captain, I’m very proud of that.’

 

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