Defender wins three different awards at supporters ceremony
Conor McLaughlin was proud to receive three different honours at the Fleetwood Town supporters’ awards night on Saturday.
The defender was voted as the Junior Cod Army and Players’ Player of the Season during the evening in Jim’s Sports Bar, while adding the Goal of the Season award to his collection.
McLaughlin, 22, never featured in the 1-1 draw with Southend United earlier in the day, although he was happy to be rewarded for his efforts throughout the season during the night.
“I’m very happy to receive the awards,” said McLaughlin.
“It’s good to get the Players’ Player of the Year because it’s voted for by teammates. It’s an important one.”
The Northern Irishman has appeared 44 times in all competitions for Fleetwood this season, scoring once along the way.
And it was his rocket shot against Rotherham United, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-final at Highbury Stadium, which beat off competition for the Goal of the Season award.
“With the Goal of the Season award, all the lads have joked that the goalkeeper should have saved it, but I’m delighted to win it,” said McLaughlin.
“It was hard to get in the team at the start of the season with (Liam) Hogan doing so well, but I just had to keep working hard, keep my head down and eventually I got into the team.”
The full-back also believes Town have made significant strides since their first season in the Football League in 2012, as they head into the League Two play-offs this time around.
“We’re pushing for promotion and it has been a big step up from last year,” he added.