Award double thrills Antony Sweeney

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HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Antony Sweeney is delighted with his player-of-the-season double.

The 27-year-old has been crowned Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.

Sweeney has bagged a career-equalling best of 14 goals this term, missing just six matches along the way.

“It’s special to win the fans’ and players’ awards,” he said. “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, 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 special awards for different reasons.”

Sweeney has long been a favourite at Victoria Park, with the youth team graduate now in his 10th season with the club.

But this is the first time that he’s scooped individual honours.

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.”