Phil Bardsley and Simon Mignolet win Sunderland fans’ vote

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
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PHIL Bardsley has won the Sunderland Supporters’ Association Player of the Year award,

The 25-year-old full-back was voted the stand-out player of the 2010/11 campaign by voters among supporters’ branches across the country and last night received his recognition at a presentation night hosted by Radio Newcastle’s Nick Barnes and watched by team-mates Asamoah Gyan, Bolo Zenden and Titus Bramble at the Stadium of Light.

Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet was voted Young Player of the Year.

Manager Steve Bruce said: “The awards are well-deserved.

“Both players have shown the best possible attitude over the course of a long season.

“They’ve both got a hunger about them to succeed and it’s great for any manager to be in charge of players who are as motivated as Phil and Simon.

“Phil has been shifted over to left-back this season, which he would argue is not his best position, but he never grumbled and worked so hard there that he has made it his own.

“It’s ironic that he could easily have left last summer, but he got his head down, showed a tremendous attitude and ends up getting the Player of the Year award from the fans.”