Vote: Pick your Pompey player of the season

Pompey have won promotion to League One.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 24th April 2017, 3:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:09 pm
Michael Doyle was voted the 2015-16 News/Sports Mail player of the season
Michael Doyle was voted the 2015-16 News/Sports Mail player of the season

Now it’s time to recognise the achievements of those individuals who made it possible.

As a squad, Paul Cook’s troops have bonded together magnificently to produce the results to end a four-year stretch in the Football League’s bottom division.

Yet there have been some outstanding success stories within that accomplishment.

Voting for The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season is under way – and we’d like your contribution.

Ever since Peter Mellor became the first to claim the crown for the 1978-79 campaign, fans have decided who should be the recipient of the prestigious award.

The past 38 years have seen recognition for the likes of Mark Hateley, Neil Webb, Guy Whittingham, Kit Symons, Lee Bradbury, Glen Johnson, Jamie O’Hara and Jed Wallace.

Meanwhile, Alan Knight scooped it on three occasions, other multiple winners being Noel Blake (twice), David James (twice) and Steve Claridge (twice).

Approaching the end of his current reign is Michael Doyle, who edged ahead of Ben Davies in last season’s vote.

The Pompey skipper has once again been instrumental during the current campaign, an ever-present in the league side.

He will undoubtedly again come into the reckoning for this year’s honour – although that is entirely up to our readers to rubberstamp.

As ever in successful seasons, there are a host of candidates and worthy winners for the latest News/Sports Mail Player of the Season accolade.

Along with Doyle, others who can expect to feature heavily are Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke and Enda Stevens.

The trio have been instrumental in creating the best defence in League Two, while Stevens is the leading assist-maker at present.

Kal Naismith is set to be the Blues’ top scorer and his creativity has been essential during the second half of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Kyle Bennett’s form has been outstanding since the turn of the year, while Gareth Evans’ work down the right flank has made him a crowd favourite.

Yet it is entirely down to the Fratton faithful to name your player of the season.

Please email your choice to [email protected] before midday on Thursday, May 4.

The trophy will be presented on the pitch before the final match against Cheltenham.