SEB LARSSON has beaten off competition from Lee Cattermole and Costel Pantilimon to be crowned Sunderland Player of the Season.
Larsson came out on top in the poll from members of the Sunderland Supporters Association, with fellow midfielder Cattermole finishing as runner-up and goalkeeper Pantilimon in third.
The Swedish international has arguably been Sunderland’s most consistent performer this season and has been an ever-present in the Premier League, apart from two games missed last month through suspension.
Larsson, who has netted three goals, has thoroughly justified the new three-year contract agreed last summer after he had played a key role in Sunderland’s Great Escape.
The 29-year-old becomes the first outfield player since Stephane Sessegnon in 2012 to lift the Player of the Season prize after goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Vito Mannone have taken the accolade in the last two years.
Connor Wickham has been named Young Player of the Season, with the 22-year-old Sunderland’s joint top scorer with six goals in all competitions.