DUAL player-of-the-season winner Antony Sweeney has spoken of his pride at the recognition from the club’s fans and his team-mates, WRITES CRAIG HOPE.
The 27-year-old was crowned Supporters Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season prior to Saturday’s final home game of the campaign against Bournemouth.
Sweeney has bagged a career-equaling best of 14 goals this term, missing just six matches along the way.
And the Stockton-born ace told SportMail: “It’s special to win the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards.
“I’m immensely proud of getting the trophies and more proud of Hartlepool United staying in League One.
“The fans’ vote first and foremost is brilliant because they are paying their hard-earned cash to come and see us and it’s a really special award.
“On the other hand I’m not sure which one is better because to get recognition off your team-mates as well, who you train with every day and play with, is just as nice - without their help and support you don’t get anywhere.
“They are both two special awards for different reasons.”
Sweeney has long been a favourite at Victoria Park, the youth-team graduate now in his 10th season with the club.
This, however, is the first time that he’s scooped individual honours.
And he added: “Sometimes you can go a career without getting an award like that, so to get two at once is a bonus.
“I’m not sure if it’s my best season at the club - I think it’s between this and the time I scored a few goals in the play-off season in 2005.
“That was a great year when we exceeded everyone’s expectations and were unlucky not to go up in the end.
“But I started off this season well and I think if you can get a goal in your first couple of games it doesn’t half calm you down.
“The season before it took me ages to get off the mark and the more the games were going on, the more it was playing on my mind and consequently I was snatching at shots.
“To get a goal early doors I think that really helps and from there you can build momentum.”
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