'Please don’t leave when your contract is up' - Sunderland supporters ask fan favourite to stay following award
Sunderland fans were delighted after it was announced that Luke O’Nien had scooped an award on Tuesday Morning.
O’Nien has been named the North East Football Writers’ Association’s Personality of the Year.
The award is given in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to recognise someone who uses their position in football to benefit the wider community and O’Nien was selected after raising more than £7,000 for NHS Charities Together.
The versatile player helped Sunderland supporters active during lockdown by delivering daily fitness sessions via YouTube.
O’Nien was thrilled to receive a picture of himself doing the workouts, which was drawn by eight-year-old, Ethan Adams, who plays football for Harton and Westoe Hurricanes.
And Black Cats fans were understandably delighted with O’Nien’s award – here’s how YOU reacted on social media:
@AticaSi: “Well done Luke. Great ambassador for the club.”
@juneandalan: “Well deserved Luke.”
@Shawsy49: “Love the kid. Well deserved.”
@1973Alan: “Well deserved keep up the good work and also that smile onwards and upwards.”
@Sarah03319779: “Please don’t leave when your contract is up. You’re the glue that holds us together.”
@GR4EME1: “He's genuinely just a very good human being.”
@RunGMC16: “So infectious isn't he? I've been critical of him in the past but he's fast becoming one of my favourite players, if they're still allowed at my age...”
@Powell_Matthew: “Superb on and off the pitch. The world needs more @LukeONien‘s.”
@joel_gradwell: “And deservedly so. He's a beautiful God that deserves the world.”
@KarenHowes5: “Aww you so deserve that award!”