The Dafabet WPL are glad to announce the shortlist for Player and Young Player of the Season as selected by the Managers with both Simon Spender and Aeron Edwards shortlisted.
After another exciting season of up and downs in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League the 12 member club managers have cast their votes on their choices for Player and Young Player of the Season.
Player of the Season shortlist
Tony Gray (Airbus UK Broughton)
Marc Williams (MBi Llandudno)
Simon Spender (The New Saints)
Aeron Edwards (The New Saints)
Tony Gray almost bagged the Dafabet WPL Golden Boot in his first season at Airbus UK Broughton scoring 18 goals in 34 appearances just two goals behind Chris Venables of Aberystwyth Town. 31 year old. Gray, also collected a Dafabet Player of the Month Award, Goal of the Month Award and a Player of the Round in the JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final.
MBi Llandudno’s Marc Williams enjoyed a fantastic first ever season in the Dafabet WPL, the 27 year old, scored 16 goals in 32 league appearances. Williams also assisted 9 goals as his side managed to claim third position in a fairy-tale campaign which gained the club European football in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Rounds this Summer. The Tudno striker also grabbed a Dafabet WPL Goal of the Month Award in December for his volley against Port Talbot Town.
Simon Spender assisted The New Saints in their title defence and back to back treble winning season featuring 27 times as right back during the WPL campaign scoring once in the process. The 30 year old formed a solid back line which resulted in only four losses all season and 24 goals conceded.
Twenty eight year old, TNS midfielder, Aeron Edwards controlled the centre of the park for the entire season starting 30 of the clubs 32 WPL matches and scoring six goals including the second goal in the 2-0 win at Park Hall over Bala Town that secure the Dafabet WPL title.
All four of the above nominees were in the starting XI of the Team of the Season.
Young Player of the Season shortlist
James Murphy (Airbus UK Broughton)
James Joyce (MBi Llandudno)
Matty Owen (Newtown AFC)
Airbus UK Broughton’s James Murphy brought a light his skills for the Wingmakers this season starting 17 WPL matches and featuring off the bench 10 times. The 19 year old pacey winger scored three league goals, collected the January Dafabet WPL Player of the Month award and scored twice in the 7-0 JD Welsh Cup Semi-Final win.
Left back James Joyce endured a great first ever season for MBi Llandudno in the top flight of Welsh Domestic Football featuring in every one of the 32 matches for Tudno. The 22 year old managed to score three times during the campaign and assisted in guiding the club to third place just five points off second place and an automatic European place.
21 year old, Matty Owen of Newtown was almost an ever present in the Robins midfield featuring 31 times, starting 30 of those WPL matches and scoring seven league goals. Owen scored a number of superb strike in which his second goal against Champions TNS earned him the Dafabet WPL March Goal of the Month Award.