More to come from double Hartlepool United Player of the Year Luke James

AT THE DOUBLE: Luke James with his two Hartlepool United Player of the Year trophies. Picture by TOM YEOMAN
AT THE DOUBLE: Luke James with his two Hartlepool United Player of the Year trophies. Picture by TOM YEOMAN

LUKE James believes there is “more to come” after finishing the best season of his young life as Hartlepool United’s double player of the year.

The leading scorer walked away with the top two trophies at the club’s awards evening at the Staincliffe Hotel last night.

James was the Supporters and Players’ player of the year.

The teen sensation had bagged 16 league and cup goals and had his sights set on 20 for the campaign when his programme was ended prematurely at Burton Albion on Easter Saturday as he turned his ankle trying to keep the ball in play.

James is taking nothing for granted next season, but hopes to carry on where he left off.

“I’ve been over the moon with night and the season overall,” said the 19-year-old, who has been with Pools since the age of 11.

“The injury at Burton set me back a little bit because I was trying to get a few more goals.

“If you had set at the start of the season ‘you’ll score 16 goals’ I’d have ripped your arm off’. But now I’m playing I just want more.

“I’d like to get 20 next year.

“I think there is more to come from me.

“I must pay tribute to the gaffer who is the one that picks the team and who has had the faith in me.

“I must also thank the players around me. I wouldn’t have scored 16 goals if it wasn’t for them.

“I might have won two awards but really all the team deserve it for the way they have played.

“I just feel so honoured to have won these trophies.

“To be voted for by the fans is very special – we as players go on the pitch to try to please them and give them three points.

“So for the supporters to think I’m the best player is very humbling.

“I spend every minute of the day with these lads and I honestly didn’t think I’d win this award because of some of the quality players we’ve got.”

In the Players’ Player of the Year poll, Brad Walker finished third with midfielder Simon Walton in second.

In the Supporters Player of the Year standings, Walker was again in third place with defender Michael Duckworth the runner-up.

Last night’s double continues the proud run of success for the Northumberland youngster.

James holds the club record as the youngest-ever league scorer for Pools, he was aged just 17 years and 64 days when he fired in a brilliant volley against Rochdale in January 2012.

He came close to saving Pools almost single-handedly 12 months ago with a stunning late season run for John Hughes side.

His form was recognised when he was named the League One apprentice of the year at the Football League 2012-13 awards.